I have posted sentinels;
all day and all night
they shall never be silent.
You who remind the LORD,
take no rest,
and give him no rest
until he establishes Jerusalem
and makes it renowned throughout the earth.
- Isaiah 62:6-7
Jesus the Messiah did not come to knock heads together. Jesus came to be in a relationship with us. As contemporary authors like Brian McLaren and Robert Farrar Capon remind us, and as Jesus told us in the first place, the Kingdom of God is not merely something that will happen after we die. It is alive and active among us today. The only question is whether we choose to participate in it. How do we do so? We get beyond our fear and love one another.
Here’s Garth Brooks’ take on this reality: “Belleau Wood.” “Heaven’s not beyond the clouds. It’s just beyond the fear.”
And here’s Wikipedia’s entry on the real story behind the song “Belleau Wood.”