The Mountain of the Lord
2 In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and all nations will stream to it. 3 Many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. 4 He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. 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.5 Come, descendants of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the Lord. Isaiah 2: 2-5
As we approach the celebration of our independence I think it is important to remember the sacrifices of those who came before us, not only the sacrifices of the men and women who fought for an ideal, that all men are created equal, that social status and the color of your skin should never be a barrier to achieve who God has created you to be, but for those who still fight for the justice of God to prevail. To live and be a part of a Nation that holds these truths to be self-evident and tries to remain true to this ideal, even though many times we have not achieved that goal, I still consider a great honor and a great responsibility. Everyone who has arrived on the shores of this country came with hope, expectation and a view of a brighter tomorrow.
As we open our picnic baskets and spread our blankets this 4th of July, let us take time to say a prayer, a prayer of thanksgiving for all that God has blessed us with, a prayer of repentance for when we were not exactly “Christ like” in our dealings with people not like ourselves, a prayer for the men and women and their families that have served and are serving, a prayer for peace and good will toward all “men”, a prayer that our nation will experience a new revival and turn our heats back to the one true God, and finally a prayer that that last great day which is so beautifully portrayed in the above passage from Isaiah will become a reality. This is our hope as children of God, this is our promise from the One who rules all nations.
Pray for those who are grieving
Pray for the families that are facing the end of life of loved ones
Pray for those who are weary and need to feel a touch of Grace.
Pray for direction for those who are incarcerated.
Pray for the leaders of all nations, that their hearts will be turned to beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning forks.
Pray for those battling disease, cancer, and health issues.