Imago Gospels – Bonus – Mountains

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Hope, Peace

This picture isn’t tied to a specific Scripture passage, but just something that I was reflecting upon during our flight to Doha, Qatar today. Our flight had us going down from Europe, over the Black Sea and Turkey, and then skirting the border between Iran and Iraq before flying over the Persian Gulf into Qatar. As we flew between those two nations, it added something new to my prayer for peace. I could see villages and towns spotted throughout the region and wondered whether they were Iraqi or Iranian. I prayed about Sunni and Shia. I prayed about Jews and Muslims and Christians. I prayed about the peace that is so elusive even while we serve the Prince of Peace. I prayed about the fact that while we see lines on a map, when we are flying above at 35,000+ feet, there are no borders, just mountains, and terrain, and towns, and villages.

I love the honesty in the lyrics to the U2 song, Peace on Earth. It honestly wrestles with the lack of peace in the world even as we lift up prayers day after day, week after week, year after year, for Peace on Earth.

Heaven on Earth
We need it now
I’m sick of all of this
Hanging around
Sick of sorrow
Sick of pain
Sick of hearing again and again
That there’s gonna be
Peace on Earth

Where I grew up
There weren’t many trees
Where there was we’d tear them down
And use them on our enemies
They say that what you mock
Will surely overtake you
And you become a monster
So the monster will not break you

It’s already gone too far
Who said that if you go in hard
You won’t get hurt

Jesus could you take the time
To throw a drowning man a line
Peace on Earth
Tell the ones who hear no sound
Whose sons are living in the ground
Peace on Earth
No whos or whys
No-one cries like a mother cries
For peace on Earth
She never got to say goodbye
To see the colour in his eyes
Now he’s in the dirt
Peace on Earth

They’re reading names out over the radio
All the folks the rest of us won’t get to know
Sean and Julia, Gareth, Ann and Breda
Their lives are bigger, than any big idea

Jesus can you take the time
To throw a drowning man a line
Peace on Earth
To tell the ones who hear no sound
Whose sons are living in the ground
Peace on Earth

Jesus this song you wrote
The words are sticking in my throat
Peace on Earth
Hear it every Christmas time
But hope and history won’t rhyme
So what’s it worth?
This peace on Earth

Peace on Earth
Peace on Earth
Peace on Earth

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