Our dream, that we imagine and desire, is nothing less than God’s dream: the consummation of peace in a world integrated by divine love.
The scriptures tell a story that begins with God placing two people in a garden and instructing them to multiply, to steward creation, and to cultivate the land. At the end of the story, the very end, these two have multiplied into a throng of humanity, and all of creation—which began in a garden—is cultivated into a heavenly kingdom marked by peace. It is a world in full bloom.
This peace of God is mediated through a messiah, promised to the world in an ancient poem:
For a child has been born for us,
a son given to us;
authority rests upon his shoulders;
And he is named
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6)