Lift Up Your Eyes (Isaiah 60:1-6)
Our ability to hear Isaiah has as much to do with where we’re standing when the message comes as with what the message says. There are a lot of folks here today who are pretty well situated. But there are other folks in the world who are trying to figure out how they’re going to make it through the week without their whole world falling apart.
There are folks sitting among us who have a pretty big stake in ruling the world, who believe that the next great opportunity is just around the corner, and that they’ll never fall so low that life won’t find a way to bear them up. But there are other folks, sitting right in this room, that understand that the world isn’t knocking down any doors to give them a shot, and that the safety nets most of us take for granted are shaky, at best, and illusory, at worst.