“Write the vision;
make it plain on tablets,
so that a runner may read it.
3 For there is still a vision for the appointed time;
it speaks of the end, and does not lie.
If it seems to tarry, wait for it;
it will surely come, it will not delay” – Habbakuk 2.3, 4 NRSV
With my body, my words, my spirit, and my witness, I imagine a world where:
There will be no more weeping in the streets over our sons and daughters, sisters and brothers lost too soon due to police brutality, despotic immigration raids, and refusing to welcome refugees who are fleeing dangerous living conditions in our midst.
There will be no more babies of color who die because they were born prematurely or because their mothers’ were unable to access the proper nutrition due to defunding Obamacare and cutting funds to Medicare. People will live full life-times, no life will be cut short due to a stray bullet, mistaken identity, rap music, skittles, state sanctioned violence or hate crimes.
The poor and vulnerable among us will be able to access quality, affordable housing – we won’t be charged exorbitant rent prices, sold sub-prime loans, or forced to move out of our beloved communities as people with more wealth move in.
We will have access to green space free of environmental toxins and pollutants so that they can grow fruit and vegetables to provide for our family and community. Exploitative farm and agricultural policies, including invasive developmental projects such as the Dakota Access Pipeline, that keep us from doing so will be long gone. In fact, land that was stolen through conquest, genocide and war will be returned to their rightful owners.
We will have access to employment that pays a living wage, that does not exploit our labor through mass incarceration and does not bar us from promotions or higher paid positions because of our race, ethnicity, creed, or sexual orientation.
And God, God will hear us before we even lift our voices to call on Him. Because remember, the tabernacle of God will be among us, and He will dwell among us in the same manner that Jesus Christ did 2,000 years ago. No harm or manner of injustice will befall us in God’s re-creation of the world before us.
– Adapted from Isaiah 65