In that day the wolf and the lamb will live together;
the leopard will lie down with the baby goat.
The calf and the yearling will be safe with the lion,
and a little child will lead them all. – Isaiah 11:6
It’s officially time for Christmas, which means we can all listen to our Christmas music with the windows down completely unashamed. I generally wait until after Thanksgiving to listen to Christmas music, but this year I got a head start looking for songs for worship at Table of Grace. That’s when I came across the song Heaven Everywhere. I immediately wanted to incorporate it into our music sets because it captures the spirit of Christmas and Advent so perfectly. For many of us, we love the spirit of Christmas and the extra joy that the birth of Jesus brings. For others of us, we relate more to Advent, which reminds us that our world is still broken and we are waiting for our savior to come to fully reign on earth.
It’s a hope filled expectancy that God will come to bring healing, hope and joy no matter the season we are in. The lyrics remind us that there’s “a little bit of heaven everywhere” if we are willing to look for it. The chorus captures this so well:
It’s the smile on a man who has finally found hope,
It’s the tears of a mother whose child has come home,
It’s the joy that we feel and the love that we share,
There’s a little bit of heaven everywhere,
There’s a little bit of heaven everywhere…
I think that’s what Isaiah was communicating as he envisioned the coming of the savior as a time when the wolf and lamb will live together and a little child will lead them all. It’s a picture of what it is like when Heaven is everywhere. Where do you see a picture of Heaven now and what are you looking forward to seeing? In what way is this season reminding you to have hope that God is not done with the world, or you just yet? Sometimes, it is difficult to see signs of Heaven here and now, but don’t grow weary in looking for them or helping to create them. Look for those signs all around you and may they bring you joy and comfort in this season, as we celebrate the one who has come and will come again. You just may find Heaven everywhere you look.
Rev. Chad McSwain