A Contemporary Peaceable Kingdom

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(the) Word

This week’s lectionary reading from the Old Testament is Isaiah 11, often referred to as a description of the “peaceable kingdom.” When I was in seminary, I wrote a contemporary version for my OT class. Here it is:

1 Seeds shall sprout from a camp in Maine,

and branches shall grow from South Africa.

2 The spirit of the Lord shall rest on them,

the spirit of respect and understanding,

the spirit of equality and justice,

the spirit of hope and reconciliation.

3 Their delight shall be in welcoming each other.

They shall not judge by the color of skin,

or decide by what language they hear;

4 but with kindness they shall judge the individual,

and decide with compassion for the oppressed of the earth;

they shall strike hatred with the words of love,

and with the breath of their lips shall speak of peace.

5 Kindness shall be the mantle on which they lay,

and compassion the mantle that covers them.

6 The Palestinians shall eat with the Israelis,

the Hutus shall dance with the Tutsis,

the black and the white and the brown together,

and a little child shall lead them.

7 The indigenous and immigrant shall meet,

their young shall work together;

and the stranger shall be welcomed as a neighbor.

8 The babies shall play across borders,

and the children shall grow without fear.

9 They will not hurt or destroy

on all God’s holy earth;

for the earth will be full of the love for all people

as the waters cover the sea.  

The Author

I'm a pastor. I believe in radical love and ridiculous grace. I love to sing and sew, and have a shop on Etsy. I'm trying to make my ecological footprint smaller. I have chickens who provide endless entertainment. Oh, and I'm a formerly single mom by choice, son E (born 6/00, placed 11/23/11, adoption finalized 11/21/14) and now making a life with The Dude and his two kids, Girl-E (12/02) and C (9/04). Baby Bumpy due to arrive around 5/25/15! This blog chronicles my thoughts on faith, family, and the wild adventure we call Life!

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