Weapons of Mass Peace

Do we want to make
peace or war?
Bring hope
or destruction?
Build for the future
or destroy all that’s past?

Shall I be a grower
or a killer?
A cultivator
or a destroyer?
A settler of disputes
or a creator of them?
Do I want my community to flourish
or to take everything away?
To feed
or to poison?

What tools will I use
in my life?

What is God
asking of me?
Which of my tools,
that I use as weapons.
does he want me to put down,
to turn into
something more useful,
to use for a good purpose
not bad.

Where is he asking me to make love
not war?

Where is he asking me
in my life
to turn Killing Fields
to Growing Fields?

Will I lay down arms
and pick up tools?

That we may live in peace

The Sunday before 11th November in the UK is Remembrance Sunday.  The true value of our remembering is how it changes our future actions.

What am I going to do to make the world a better place – starting with my corner of it? How will I live in peace?

Micah 4:1-8 (CEV)

Peace and Prosperity

In the future, the mountain
with the Lord’s temple
    will be the highest of all.
It will reach above the hills,
and every nation
    will rush to it.
People of many nations
    will come and say,
“Let’s go up to the mountain
of the Lord God of Jacob
    and worship in his temple.”

The Lord will teach us his Law
from Jerusalem,
    and we will obey him.
He will settle arguments
between distant
    and powerful nations.
They will pound their swords
and their spears
    into rakes and shovels;
they will never again make war
    or attack one another.
Everyone will find rest
beneath their own fig trees
    or grape vines,
and they will live in peace.
This is a solemn promise
    of the Lord All-Powerful.

Others may follow their gods,
but we will always follow
    the Lord our God.

The Lord Will Lead His People Home

The Lord said:
At that time
    I will gather my people—
the lame and the outcasts,
and all into whose lives
    I have brought sorrow.
Then the lame and the outcasts
will belong to my people
    and become a strong nation.
I, the Lord, will rule them
    from Mount Zion forever.
Mount Zion in Jerusalem,
guardian of my people,
    you will rule again.

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