God Is Where We Find True Peace

“He will judge between many peoples and will settle disputes for strong nations for and wide. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.” - Isaiah 2:4a & Micah 4:3a

Dear Friends,

I’m excited to welcome you back, in-person to worship this Sunday - and to continue to offer our services online for those unavailable or uncomfortable gathering yet in-person! I’m especially excited to spend the next four weeks, leading up to the season of Lent, looking at 4 prayers of Jesus - how important is prayer, that Jesus himself spent so much time in it?

But what I really want to share with you right now, is an aspirational word, from the prophets Isaiah & Micah, prophets separated by time and geography, but united in a common vision. It’s a vision of God’s messenger, God’s savior, God’s messiah - revealed to be God’s son, turning the world into a place of peace.

There are certainly many things in this world to get upset about. There are many illnesses, injustices, and inadequacies. We have work to do. But if we forget where we are going, if we forget the vision God set before us, if we forget what the kingdom looks like. there is no telling where we could end up.

The image God gave, through the prophets Isaiah & Micah, is an image where weapons of war were remade into instruments of cultivation and care. The image God gave through these prophets is an image of justice, real and true, being administered by the only one who can mete it out rightly. The image God gives is an image of real and true peace.

On the mountain tops and valleys across the globe, on the hilltops and heartlands of this nation, in the halls of our communities, our churches and our very own hearts, peace is what we need, peace is what we seek and peace is what God, so many centuries ago, pointed our hearts and minds towards.

Lest we forget our mission or in the words of the famous hymn, “lest we miss they kingdom’s goal” - I offer to you a reminder of the future we are called to, the future God is working towards, the future we are, by fits and starts moving toward -

“Come, let us go to the mountain of the LORD, to the temple of the God of Jacob.

He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths…

They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.

Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.

Everyone will sit under their own vine and under their own fig tree,

and no one will make them afraid, for the LORD Almighty has spoken.”

To God, be the glory - let us seek his face, his kingdom and his vision, together!

Welcoming you to Grow in Jesus,

Pastor Don

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