During the season of Advent, people from our congregation at Martins Creek Mennonite Church have collaborated to create an Advent devotional. Each entry has been written by one of our own, both young and old. We hope these meditations are a blessing to you during this Advent season.
The week leading up to Christmas in 1914 found German and British soldiers exchanging seasonal greetings and songs between their opposing trenches on the Western Front. On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day many soldiers ventured into “no man’s land” where they mingled and exchanged food and souvenirs. Some participated in joint burial services, with many of the services ending with Christmas carols. In the camaraderie, a common bond was discovered and, for a moment at least, enemies became friends.
Many centuries ago Judah and Jerusalem were weary and disheartened. Jerusalem was in ruins, a shell of its former self. It wasn’t only the physical city that was in ruins, the people were also devastated. In this dark, distressing time God sent Isaiah with a vision of hope and unity for all mankind. Isaiah’s words of hope and promise stretch out over the centuries to speak to us today…inviting us to embrace the vision found in Isaiah 2:1-5.
We read that “in the last days the mountain of the LORD’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and all nations will stream to it.” We are invited to “go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the temple of the God of Jacob [where] He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” In submission to Him we will not take up our swords against other nations, nor will we train for war anymore. Instead we will beat our swords into plowshares and our spears into pruning hooks. We are invited to “walk in the light of the LORD.” This is not just a vision for our future. This is a challenge for today. If we can embrace the vision we can live into it, and need not wait for some long-expected future to do so. “Come descendants of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the LORD.”