A Vision for Peace

As summer kicks off, peace is the impossible dream of mothers everywhere. Or maybe I'm projecting. But if I am, I can't be alone.

A vision for peace, for some ideal state so different from our actual state, is as old as time. Here's how I read it this morning:

A Living Knowledge of God

The wolf will romp with the lamb,
the leopard sleep with the kid.
Calf and lion will eat from the same trough,
and a little child will tend them.
Cow and bear will graze the same pasture,
their calves and cubs grow up together,
and the lion eat straw like the ox.
The nursing child will crawl over rattlesnake dens,
the toddler stick his hand down the hole of a serpent.
Nither animal nor human will hurt or kill
on my holy mountain.
The whole earth will be brimming with knowing God-Alive,
a living knowledge of God ocean-deep, ocean-wide.

Isaiah 11:6-9 (The Message)

I like this vision of peace. And I like the idea that experiencing this kind of peace will leave us "brimming with knowing God-Alive." Knowing peace is knowing God. Maybe that's why our longing for peace is so deep and wide.

This vision of peace....peace in a world where divisions are dissolved....persists and inspires generation after generation. Just listen:

 Imagine

 



World on Fire - Sarah McLachlan

 

God of Peace, thank you for setting a longing for peace in the hearts of every man, woman and child you have created. Sometimes that longing for the peace that comes from deeply knowing you is barely a whisper next to the clamoring of the world. Help me to listen today to that desire, even as the division and disunity of the world clangs in my ears. And use me as your hands and feet to bring peace in the parts of your creation you've given me to cultivate. Amen.

Kim Turnage

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