Tuesday of the First Week of Advent
Isaiah dreams of a bright future for us; he also chastises us for our idolatry and unfaithfulness to God and our best selves (We will look at this later>)
But today he shows us a wonderful vision: the animals lead the way to peace!
Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb . .
The calf and the young lion shall browse together,
with a little child to guide them.
The cow and the bear shall be neighbors,
together their young shall rest:
the lion shall eat hay like an ox
The baby shall play in the cobra’s den – Isiah 11:5-10.
Let’s muse about peace and harmony today.
Let’s muse about the animal’s leading the way to peace.
(I have a Christmas short story about an owl from the banks of the Shenandoah
and a young lion from the Serengheti in Africa leading the way to peace.
It’s a fun story. Why not download it and save it for close to Christmas?
I have stories of him with turtles and little doves with broken wings and bunny rabbits and ducklings on our walks around our condo.
Think about it.
What can I do today to bring more harmony into the habitat in which I live
– at home, at work, at church, in my neighborhood, in our world?
Behold a broken world, we pray,
Where want and war increase,
And grant us, Lord, in this our day,
The ancient dream of peace. — unattributed.
And for your listening pleasure from Handel’s Messiah here are two versions of “And the Glory of the Lord
~ one from Robert Shaw’s Atlanta Symphony.
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