Sunday, July 12, 2015: Isaiah 11-14; Hebrews 9
The 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.
This is a beautiful, simple, profound description of the kingdom of God – the world the way that God intends for it to be. Imagine if you will a peace that pervades all of creation!
What is our role in this? Jesus said it best when he said, ‘Blessed are the peacemakers.’ Note that Jesus did not say ‘the peace keepers.’ Sometimes, I think, in the interest of ‘keeping the peace’ we do damage to those who might be being treated unjustly.
But what really caught my eye in this verse is that last line – and truth be told, it brought back some great memories. One of the churches I had the honor of serving was a new church plant, and in a bold move we decided to allow our children/youth to make the decisions about who/where/how we were going to use our missions budget and efforts. The year-long program was called ‘A Little Child Shall Lead Them’ and I will tell you that it was the best year ever! Our children learned about the many areas of need, and made some wonderfully informed decisions on best to help in our community and around the world.
A little child shall lead them…I wonder if it is time to bring back that practice?
Our prayer focus for the month of July is that God would give Saint Paul's UMC a bold vision - may I invite you to pray toward this end, and be free to share with me your own reflections?