Before they call I will answer, while they are yet speaking I will hear. The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat straw like the ox; but the serpent—its food shall be dust! They shall not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain, says the Lord.
Reflection by Janet Derby
Sometimes it is easy to get disheartened when hearing the news. I read this statistic this morning: New government data shows 69,550 migrant children — more than enough infants, toddlers, kids and teens to fill a football stadium — have been held in U.S. government custody over the past year. I am humbled when I think of how discouraged I can get by events in my life. I simply can’t imagine how these people cope. The people to whom Isaiah was speaking had good reason to be dispirited. They were just returning from exile and attempting to rebuild their lives. Yet Isaiah gives them a vision of a better life and reminds them that God hears them. This vision gives us hope as well.
Thank you, God of all Creation, for hearing our prayers. Grant that I may help to fulfill your vision of peace in all that I do today. Amen.