“Will” - November 11, 2020
“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." Isaiah 2:4
Today is Remembrance Day. It is a day for recalling ultimate sacrifices, a day for bringing to mind those who were willing to go as far as to give their very lives in hopes of securing the greater good of others and lasting peace in this world. Such sacrifice is the uttermost exercise of Jesus’ love command. “No greater love has anyone than this, than to lay down one’s life for another.” (John 15: 13)
Isaiah 2:4 profiles a future in which lasting peace and the permanent elimination of war has taken hold. That future can be associated with the coming kingdom of Jesus and the conclusive culmination of Jesus’ own sacrificial work in rescuing the world from its own darkness. Jesus brings salvation, peace, and hope to all the nations through his self-giving love.
Although we recognize that a time of universal peace and total absence of war has not yet arrived, we can lean toward God’s future kingdom by remembering past sacrifices and by engaging in acts of justice and peace, acts which may function in the present as a remolding of weapons of war into instruments of peace and flourishing.
PRAYER ENCOURAGEMENT: Dear God, cause wars to cease, bows to break and spears to shatter– in our times. In the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace. AMEN.
Link to a rendition of the “Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi” offered by The Chinese University of Hong Kong Chorus https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQZJKd3lgO8