Prayer: Amazing God, help us to believe in a peace even if it seems highly unlikely and hard to imagine. With your spirit of wisdom and understanding, may we live without hurting or destroying. Amen
Reading: Isaiah 11: 1-10 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
There is a famous painting* I have seen in a museum or book somewhere of a wolf laying down with a lamb (highly unlikely) and a baby with its hand over a snake hole (hard to imagine). It simply does not make sense yet the scene is peaceful.
This is what the prophet Isaiah describes with the coming of the Lord who is clothed in righteousness and faithfulness. There will no longer be hurting or destruction for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord.
How would you paint that? What would it look if there were peace in your part of the world? Peace in families, between neighbors, among co-workers and in the midst of strangers on the street. Believe it can be. --Ruth Gates
*I Googled "art Isaiah 11" and many images came up. The Peaceable Kingdom by Edward Hicks is the painting I was thinking of. Take a look at it and some of the others. Imagine a kingdom of peace.
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