“A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him…” (Isaiah 11:1-2a).
Isaiah paints a hope-filled vision of harmony in all Creation and presents an unlikely subject for leading us toward this vision – “a child.” By this time of Advent, children may be focusing on what toys await them under the tree. We can likely remember the excitement level that we had as children, considering what we hoped would be under the tree. As adults, we likely know how foundational play is. It helps us to explore the world and live into new experiences. But all too often we forget to engage the world with the same wonder and joy.
Wonder … How can we play with our children in ways that explore God’s peace and harmony? How can we play as adults and try to experience the same feelings in our own lives?
Pray… God of imagination and all creation, help us to broaden our minds to see your desire for your Kin-dom. Open our hearts to allow us to live in harmony with all your people, and with all Creation. Let us imagine and live into your possibilities. Amen.