Now and then: Isaiah 65:17-25; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13; Luke 21:5-19

In the beyond, in the dream, on the mountaintop, in the joy made flesh—not in the flesh still longing—is where I want to dwell. I long to be in the “new heavens and a new earth” where “former things shall not be remembered or come to mind,” as Isaiah puts it. Give me that. Give me all manner of things that shall be well, so well that even “the wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat straw like the ox; but the serpent—its food shall be dust!”