What good can come from an old tree stump? Well, according to Isaiah 11:10, a vision of peace can come from weatherbeaten places and weary people.
Quaker minister Edward Hicks used the text of Isaiah 11:10 as inspiration for a series of “Peacable Kingdom” paintings. See https://www.reynoldahouse.org/collections/object/peaceable-kingdom-of-the-branch for an example.
What is Jesus’ vision for a peaceable kingdom today? And, are we looking for it? The vision may come from an old stump or other unlikely places.
Our Old Testament reading for Sunday is Isaiah 65:17-25. One key verse is verse 22: “They shall not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant and another eat; for like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be, and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands.”
It feels good when our work is productive and useful. It is disheartening to feel like one’s work has gone to waste. On Sunday I will invite us to consider the work of the New Hope congregation over the years … and what legacy our current work will leave.
See you Sunday!