This is what Isaiah, son of Amoz,
saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
In days to come,
The mountain of the LORD’s house
shall be established as the highest mountain
and raised above the hills.
All nations shall stream toward it;
many peoples shall come and say:
“Come, let us climb the LORD’s mountain,
to the house of the God of Jacob,
That he may instruct us in his ways,
and we may walk in his paths.”
For from Zion shall go forth instruction,
and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
He shall judge between the nations,
and impose terms on many peoples.
They shall beat their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks;
One nation shall not raise the sword against another,
nor shall they train for war again.
O house of Jacob, come,
let us walk in the light of the LORD!
It is hard to be patient when it seems like the goal is never attainable. It's easy to lose faith when it seems like what it promised never happens. When shall we live in peace? When shall we stop fighting? When will our soldiers come home?
We can be patient, though, and we can keep our faith by living our own lives in peace. To do our best to stall our hurtful words and actions. To lead by example of love and acceptance. Wait before you speak, and take the time to think. Are we living our lives in the way God would asks if we live our lives in fear - fear of our neighbors, of strangers, of our government or the unknown?
This week we wait, and keep our faith, knowing that God will keep his promise. And likewise, we should keep our promise to God and honor the gift he has given us.