Today's Lectionary Text
The wolf shall live with the lamb,
I grew up a child of the Star Trek era. I remember watching on TV as the astronauts walked on the moon, so the idea that we could one day travel the stars was fascinating. But more than that, I liked the idea that somehow we had overcome our prejudices and warring ways on earth and could go out into the universe as ambassadors of peace. The people on the Enterprise were from different cultures, even different planets. They all had useful work to do and enough food to eat. Somehow we had managed, in the Star Trek world, to eliminate hunger, poverty, classism and unemployment on earth. It was a world closer to what the image in Isaiah projects in these verses.
Each summer since I retired, I have had the privilege of being an adult Care Group Leader at our high school youth camp called Institute. It’s a week spent at Baker University where 6-8 youth, supported by adult leadership, create a community out of high school students from different backgrounds and experiences. Effort is made to make sure everyone is accepted and included. It’s a safe environment where youth can share their struggles with their faith and life in general without fear of censure or ridicule. Again, it’s closer to a small piece of how I think Isaiah envisioned the Kingdom of God to be.
My prayer for the church is that we can find ways in each of our communities to build that space where “The wolf will live with the lamb,
the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling[a] together;
and a little child will lead them.
The cow will feed with the bear,
their young will lie down together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
The infant will play near the cobra’s den,
and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest.
They will neither harm nor destroy
on all my holy mountain,
for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea.
Five Rivers District LSM Director
Prayer for Reflection
God of Peace, fill us with the desire to create your Kingdom on earth as it is in Heaven. Show us the way to be your ambassadors of light in a world that is in desperate need of love and peace.
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