"...but they shall all sit under their own vines & under their own fig trees, and no one shall make them afraid; for the mouth oft he LORD of hosts has spoken."
The crisis in Syria is at a crossroads. Many, many Syrians have died at the hands of their own government, whether or not chemical weapons were used. "Genocide" has been spoken of. But the "rebels" fighting the government aren't all united, nor are they all Syrian.
The entire Middle East region of this world has been fraught with conflict, violence, fear, and devastation. For centuries. Today I was reading from the book of Micah, chapter 4. The famous "beating swords into plowshares" chapter. "Neither shall they learn anymore," is also there. But the phrase that spoke loudest to me this morning is a vision of folks being able to sit under their own trees (presumably in their yards) "and no one shall make them afraid."
What an amazing gift to give the world. To be able to sit in your own yard and not be afraid. Ever. That's the kind of world God wants us to create. Can we? Will we? Syria is just the start.
"Come, Lord Jesus... help us live into this promise! AMEN."