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     The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. The infant will play near the cobra’s den, and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the seaIsa. 11:6-9 (NIV)

Lord Jesus, our hearts break, our knees buckle, and our hands reach heavenward. Since every promise of God finds its “Yes!” in you (2 Cor. 1:20), we pray with boldness and passion for the Day of peace Isaiah describes in this hope-fueling passage. The massacre in Las Vegas has filled us with shock and sadness, anger and ache.

Oh, for the Day when all “tooth and claw” violence gives way to wolves dancing with lambs, leopards napping with goats, and cows and bears sharing afternoon tea--the Day when every wrong will be righted, all sadness will become consummate gladness, all-things-broken will become all-things-new

As much as we love the vision of animals and creation living in perfect harmony, we long, a gazillion times more so, for the Day when people no longer harm one other in any way. No rancor or revenge, no more suicide bombings or human trafficking; no more in-home lootings or concert-going shootings. No more automatic guns; just automatic kindness.

No more profiling or despising, stereotyping or marginalizing. No more racism, sexism, or tribalism. No more demeaning or dismissing, meanness or madness, hard hearts or harsh words. No more loving poorly... in any way, shape, or form. Every thought we think, word we speak, and choice we make will be an expression of your beauty, Jesus.

Hasten the Day when God’s glory will cover the earth like water covers the sea; the Day when knowing the Lord won’t be something we do, but who we are; the Day when we will finally and fully love one another as you love us.

Until that Day, keep us groaning with hope and growing in grace, living on mission and loving as you love. So very Amen we pray, in your powerful and patient name.


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Scotty Smith is the founding pastor of Christ Community Church in Franklin, Tennessee. You can follow him on Twitter.

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