The Stones Themselves Will Start to Sing: The Hope of Peace

Then enemies shall learn to love,
All creatures find their true accord;
The hope of peace shall be fulfilled,
For all the earth shall know the Lord.
~Carl Daw, Jr.

Can enemies ever learn to love one another? Sometimes they live under the same roof, not always across armored yet porous political borders.

Can hatred be redeemed to grace and acceptance and peace?
What are we teaching children who are kept in barracks as unwelcome interlopers at our own border, or who sleep with their coats as pillows in basements in Ukraine as bombs rain around them?

They learn so young they are unwanted.
They learn so young to fear.
They learn so young to hate.

It is a little Child who will lead them to peace – a child sought out to be murdered by an earthly king who took thousands of innocent lives in the process. He survived in order to give His life for ours – an act He chose – rather than be slaughtered by a paranoid leader.

May this enemy lay down their swords and learn the sacrifice of love.
May the whole earth know the hope for peace through Christ our Lord.

This year’s Lenten theme for Barnstorming is a daily selection from songs and hymns about Christ’s profound sacrifice on our behalf.

If we remain silent about Him, the stones themselves will shout out and start to sing (Luke 19:40).

In His name, may we sing…

O day of peace that dimly shines
Through all our hopes and prayers and dreams,
Guide us to justice, truth, and love,
Delivered from our selfish schemes.

May swords of hate fall from our hands,
Our hearts from envy find release,
Till by God’s grace our warring world
Shall see Christ’s promised reign of peace.

Then shall the wolf dwell with the lamb,
Nor shall the fierce devour the small;
As beasts and cattle calmly graze
A little child shall lead them all.

Then enemies shall learn to love,
All creatures find their true accord;
The hope of peace shall be fulfilled,
For all the earth shall know the Lord.
~Carl Daw

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One thought on “The Stones Themselves Will Start to Sing: The Hope of Peace

  1. Today’s post is a brief inspired look at the evolution of ‘hatred’ (spawned by determined evil) running rampant in today’s world and its antithesis in a “little Child who will lead [us] to peace.” There is no other earthly remedy or course of action. It was to be from the very beginning unto the end of the saving, redeeming, ‘little Child’s’ life….

    The ominous war clouds are gathering in force and in violent, hate-filled determination once again. This may be the be most important time of remembrance of why Christians set aside this vital historical,
    liturgical time to recall the mystery of the Incarnation and the Father’s reason for it !.

    Thank you, dear Emily, for your continuing urgently-needed series this Lenten Season to lead us – in thought and in faith-filled action and intense prayer – in recognition of and thanksgiving for the unearned gifts of forgiveness and redemption (‘paid in full’) that we received on that grim bloody day at Golgotha over two-thousand years ago….

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