Reflection of the Week - 29th November 2022

By Rev Anne Hewitt

Posted in Faith

Isaiah 2:1-5

What a statement of commitment and choice! Let us walk in the light which the Lord gives us!

God offers us a way forward together, with a path to follow so that we can live as a flourishing and nurturing community. It is up to us to choose to take the path. Swords and spears are tools of opposition and attack, to respond to inner fear and hate, focused on anger and violence. They are designed specifically to leave negative and violent space between two people, to break communication, and to harm and do damage.

‘Swords and spears’ can be found in many forms of broken or damaging communication, greed or patterns of living. Their destructive and cruel affect causes insult and injury, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

God’s hope-filled landscape creates safe spaces where we work alongside each other, nurturing cooperation and sustainable nourishment for all aspects of life - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. God will teach us the Way of being and doing, and direct a clear path along which to travel.

In God’s community, ‘ploughs’ draw through what has been, breaking apart uncompromising and set patterns, to reveal a fertile terrain as a foundation for nurturing new life into being.

‘Pruning knives’ help reap the rewards of this togetherness, a flourishing and continuing reality of future community. It does require commitment to the longer-term vision of community, and is predicated on doing it together.

A completely different way to live, to be, in which commune, dream and vision together. That is a pretty great pathway to tread, with a bounty that offers generational change and hope, far beyond the first flourish of renewing life.

Source: © Rev Anne Hewitt 23/11/2022, Churches Together enews. Past Reflections and prayers can be found at churchestogethersa.org.au

 


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