Daily Devotion – November 23, 2013

Isaiah 65:25

The wolf and the lamb shall feed together,
   the lion shall eat straw like the ox;
   but the serpent—its food shall be dust!
They shall not hurt or destroy
   on all my holy mountain,

says the Lord. 



Reflection by Rochelle Lofstrand


Here we are, a few days before Thanksgiving.  I recently saw the 1995 film “Home for the Holidays” with Holly Hunter and Robert Downey Jr.  The movie was supposed to be a comedy (and some in my family found it hilarious) but I found it to be very sad.  Holly Hunter’s character heads home for Thanksgiving and the viewer gets to spend 90 minutes watching the drama that unfolds during the holiday.  No big family issues were solved, no secrets revealed, but instead a family – just as they are – prepares and enjoys a meal together.  (Well, maybe there was a flying turkey but you have to see the movie to enjoy that scene!)


In today’s devotion, the writer of Isaiah 65 is looking toward the making new of the physical world, as to the renewing of the relationships and interconnections within the world which maintain life in its physical, spiritual, social and other dimensions. That is the Christian hope. While it might sound a bit ‘pie in the sky when you die’, i.e. unreal, to doubtful minds, we should remember that Christian hope is not just about some distant future. That vision of the future is also what shapes our living in the world in the present. We are called to live as people of hope, shaped in our lives by that very hope.


So over the next few days as you are welcoming or being welcomed by family, try to renew relationships with loved ones.  Build on the hope that we have in our lives for new beginnings when the wolf and the lamb may feed together. 




God, thank you for this time of year when we give thanks for all that we have in our lives.  Despite the stressfulness of the holiday, may we all be blessed with family and friends with whom we renew our relationships.  AMEN.




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