By: Ivan Cooley
Isaiah 2:1-5
Reflection—v.4 ‘they shall beat their swords into plowshares’

I strayed from church for two years while still being homeless. When I came back and rededicated myself, the LORD saw fit to provide me with a home. I say the LORD provided me with this home because, although I was trying, I was still just as far from getting a place to live as I could be. My health was failing, I was somewhat depressed, and I was just trying to make it from day to day. One day a man approached me from one of the charitable organizations. He asked me if I was interested in housing, and the rest is history. Through help and love from others, God blessed me with a home. My pastors, congregation, nurses, doctors, social workers, and employers combined to help me in practical ways that led to my healing. I’m still very much a work in progress, but I feel upbeat knowing that I have the love of God and all these people. So now I can put down my sword, pick up my plow, and get the ground ready for the seeds of love that have been planted in my life. I will lay down my spear and use a pruning hook to maintain this love and keep it beautiful. I will love ALL people and I will study war no more, because God and his people have literally brought me home. The God that loved us so much that he gave his Son is the blueprint for his love. I am not fit to carry his sandals, but I want to live my life by his instruction. My plowshare and pruning hooks are ready.

Prayer: I pray that every human being knows they are loved by God.

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