Isaiah 40:1-5. The arrival of the Messiah will be witnessed by everyone, “all flesh shall see it.” This simple idea expands the promised coming to all people, in an inclusive, all-encompassing vision. Every valley, not just a few, will be exalted, and every mountain and hill, not just a few, will be made low. Our preparing for Messiah’s arrival is done in community.
The night before my first Monday as part of the staff of Manchester UMC, I had a dream. I dreamed I was packing a large suitcase. Evidently, I was traveling to some spot where I was to address a large group of people on a topic dealing with spiritual life. But I was having