Tuesday December 18 2018

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Scripture: Isaiah 11:1-9

Key verse: (6) 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.

Reflection: Unbelievable! I bet that’s what Isaiah’s first readers and hearers thought. Wolves and lambs living together. Leopards and baby goats lying down. A little child as a leader of this menagerie. Isaiah was offering a glimpse of God’s kingdom, a kingdom of peace and justice that is beyond our wildest imaginings.

In 1994, John August Swanson painted a visual of the Peaceable Kingdom.

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This Advent season, can you imagine God’s kingdom? A kingdom in which crazy, unbelievable things happen? This is a word of hope for the hopeless who have resigned themselves to accepting the way things are. This is a word of hope for the cynic who has concluded that nothing will change. This is a word of hope for the anxious who are afraid of what the future might bring.

For the prayer today, I encourage you to listen to this old-time gospel song that rings out the words of Isaiah’s vision of the Peaceable Kingdom.

Author: Millie Snyder

[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].

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3 thoughts on “Tuesday December 18 2018

  1. Oh Millie, this was wonderful…….great message, great song, beautiful pictures. Thank you!! I feel a lot more relaxed about heaven after hearing Peace in the Valley.

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  2. I am so glad to get todays devotional!! I grew up listening and loving these hymns and Tennssee Ernie Ford. My Mother was musically gifted but my Dad was not and he really loved hearing Ford.
    This brought back great memories and was a beautiful prayer! Thank you.
    Cleone

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