Saturday, March 1, 2014

a vision of the kingdom

Good afternoon and happy March,
Today's reading will also be one of our passages for worship tomorrow (remember, worship at Laurelton starts at 9 with refreshments to follow; worship at Calvary starts at 11 with coffee hour before). This familiar vision from Isaiah about the redemption of the earth is so hopeful that I keep going back to it. God shows us a vision for the peaceful kingdom that will one day be reality. If we keep that vision in front of us, not only as comfort but also as direction, we will be faithful to our calling.

God bless,

Isaiah 11:1-9

A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. 2The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. 3His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear; 4but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. 5Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist, and faithfulness the belt around his loins. 

6The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. 7The cow and the bear shall graze, their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 8The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s den. 9They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain; for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.

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