2020. That means “perfect vision” doesn’t it? When I get a new pair of glasses, I expect to put them on and my eyes will see the world around me with 2020 vision. It would be a wonderful thing if the entire human race could suddenly have perfect vision at midnight on December 31, 2019. 2020 vision everywhere, WOW. But even more important than our physical vision of the world as it is, we carry into the new year our faith which gives us 2020 vision of the world as it was created to be. Jesus teaches his disciples to look for that world in his prayer that millions of his disciples around the world pray regularly. “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” John Wesley teaches Methodists that their 2020 vision of God’s will for all creation and for each of us is to be seen through a combination of scripture, tradition, reason and experience. We are not left alone to go through the new year with simply what we can see with our physical eyes. We can trust that a loving creator not visible with those eyes is present and working among us with a loving vision of what this world could be and what each of us can be. We can live the next 365+ days listening for and responding to God’s loving will for “the earth” and that includes you and me.
Weaving Prayer Into the Tapestry of Life
Martha Rowlett is a minister in the United Methodist Church, a prolific blogger, and author of four books on prayer. Her book, Weaving Prayer Into the Tapestry of Life, provides an overview of the understanding and practice of prayer, offering an invitation to the reader to move from thinking to doing.
Read Martha’s writings from her blog at WeavingPrayerIntoTheTapestryOfLife.Com
The former senior pastor at Rolling Hills, Martha has served in local churches and on Conference staff in the United Methodist Church. Originally from Virginia, she has lived most of her adult life in California and Washington and currently enjoys mountain living in Asheville, North Carolina.