The word that 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 of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; all the nations shall stream to it. Many peoples shall come and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.’ For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord!
Food For Thought:
My favorite line in this passage of Scripture is, “Come, let us walk in the light of the Lord!” One of my favorite songs is “Walking in the Light.” I learned it when I was a child, at a Christian summer camp that I attended every summer in the beautiful Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas. At summer camp, we experienced intense moments of feeling connected to God. It was very hard to come home every summer and go back to normal life. Think of a mountaintop experience that you have had in your life. What did it feel like? What types of feelings or emotions did you experience?
God of justice and peace, from the heavens you rain down mercy and kindness, that all on earth may stand in awe and wonder before your marvelous deeds. Raise our heads in expectation, that we may yearn for the coming day of the Lord and stand without blame before your Son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns forever and ever. In your sacred name we pray, Amen.