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johnlennonimagineContinuing the theme of yesterday (which spans all of Advent) we hear the prophet Isaiah this morning urging God’s people to “Come, let us climb the mountain of the Lord” to find peace. Here is his vision of how that dream of peace will be realized: They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. One nation shall not raise the sword against another, nor shall they train for war again. (Is 2:1-5) That’s a big order, one that seems unthinkable in the world we live in where threats of war are ever present and the news carries live-feed of soldiers with guns and rockets with increasing regularity. Moreover we see disturbed people – often teenagers – in our own country randomly shooting groups of people to express their rage. So how do we even begin to move toward the creation of a world that is peaceful? Perhaps John Lennon gave a clue in his song Imagine, calling all the dreamers to see the world as ONE, believing that if we try, others will surely join us in the effort toward unity. It sounds as if the psalmist got the message. Because of my relatives and friends, I will say, “Peace be within you!” Because of the house of the Lord, I will pray for your good. That seems like a possible beginning effort toward peace. Maybe we could practice by greeting each person that we meet today (starting with those close to us) with a wish for peace. Add to that the broader intention for peace in the world, consciously imagining the possibility as now fulfilled. So be it. And so it is. Peace to you!