1 Thessalonians 2:13–20
They shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
Isaiah 2: 4
Advent season has begun. Every year at this time, I resolve to bear witness to God’s peace that passes all understanding. I wait for the birth of Jesus—Prince of Peace. I wait hoping that my saviour will help us overcome the human-made storms, terrorism, and wars of life, as well as the personal problems which have caused us so much heartache.
HOPE I remember the story of Saint Ann’s Church in London, England during World War II. The altar guild prepared the church for Harvest Sunday 1940. There was fruit, corn and beautiful flowers decorating the altar. Shortly after the women had gone home, Saint Ann’s Church was hit by a bomb and demolished.
When spring came and then summer, a passer-by noticed that where the altar had stood, there was a patch of corn—proof that life is stronger that death; that there is a power stronger that humanity’s wrong-headedness.
The prophet Isaiah gives us words of comfort and reminds us that all humanity shall someday live in peace. They shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore. Amen
– Lynne van der Hiel