“The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, and the calf and the loin and yearling together, and a little child will lead them.” (Isaiah 11: 6)
Our scripture paints a very vivid picture. Phrases of this kind were very common in ancient poetical writings and allowed readers to grasp their rich meaning. It speaks of peace and security on our earth and of a world that truly lives in harmony with one another. To God the playing field of all God’s creation is on an equal footing, but how are we to experience such a peaceful playing field and live that in our world today? Where God sees inclusion, harmony, unconditional love and togetherness we too often focus on the discord, the “us against them,” the “they,” the belief that if “they have” we must be without. God gave us eyes to see, ears to hear, and minds to understand, so why can’t we see, hear and understand as God does? It is only through the grace of Christ that we can ever hope to find peace in our time. To see ourselves and our neighbor as God sees this magnificent world.
The grace we seek has already been given, but we must accept, recognize and live it in order that we might experience a new way of life. In Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary on this scripture we read: “The better we know the God of Love, the more shall we be changed into the same likeness, and the better disposed to all who have any likeness to him.”
If we are going to pray for peace let us visualize peace. Let us see it clearly and lovingly and fully for all God’s creation. Let us see the darkness of discord being lifted as the light of Truth shines into those dark places and let us know that this great tapestry of life that God created has a divine purpose. We are each a thread of that tapestry, an important part of God’s purpose, and we must not let any one thread be pulled apart.
Stand back, so that you might see that tapestry fully and grasp its deep meaning. Then thank God that where it may seem worn God is there to mend the broken places.
Affirmation: “God’s tapestry is beautiful and I do all that I can to honor and cherish its magnificence.”
Rev. Jefferson Beeker
We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.