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Guns to Cooking Pots

Swords into ploughshares;
Make spears into pruning hooks;
Guns to cooking pots.
 
I composed this haiku last week after hearing of the shooting at Seattle Pacific University. Since then Moncton (Canada), Las Vegas, and Portland have experienced ‘newsworthy’ gun violence. I do not know of all the other families – nameless and faceless to me – who have had their lives ruptured from other gun violence this past week.
 
The text from the book of Isaiah that provides basis for this haiku paints a picture of creation restored. The imagery of making instruments of war into tools for cultivation goes beyond general repurposing. This imagery boasts transformation and recreation.

In the beginning, God created humanity for the cultivation of the garden. By transforming weapons into ploughshares and pruning hooks, the restoration of creation envisions and empowers people refraining from violence and returning to gardening.

“Guns to cooking pots” yearns for a time when, from the work of cultivation and the fruits of the harvest, people share a meal together rather than enact violence upon one another. Eating in community together invites people to a have a significant role in peaceful story of love and hospitality, rather than feeling isolated, abandoned and looking for significance in a violent story.
 
The Psalmist sings and encourages:
“How good and pleasant it is when brothers sit together in unity.”
 
Loving, Transforming, and Creating God, work in our hearts and work in this world that violence will end and people can eat together in true fellowship, love, and unity made possible by the death and resurrection of Jesus, in whose name we pray. Amen.

I wonder what it would look like for us to engage people so that they would experience hospitality and love and God's presence, and in so doing working to transform guns to into cooking pots.

Pastor Dan

10 Comments to Guns to Cooking Pots:

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Best air rifle on Saturday, May 30, 2015 5:56 PM
Great post, very informative. I wonder why the other experts of this sector do not notice this. You must continue your writing. I’m sure, you have a great readers’ base already!
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Steven Hopkins on Saturday, March 05, 2016 12:14 PM
Shame on humans whose behavior are nothing less than cowardly and dishonorable! Even as the bloodbath and carnage of innocent ones soaks into the soil of its land, France’s pride and it’s beauty can never be cut down
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Sadie on Monday, March 28, 2016 3:01 PM
Despite the fact that I am not upholding weapon control, Idaho has a high populace of firearm proprietorship. While weapon proprietors don't have a higher rate of sorrow or bipolar issue, when they do turn out to be extremely discouraged they will probably utilize the accessible firearm as a strategy for suicide, as opposed to a less deadly alternative. Suicide by weapon is lethal around 85% of the time, though suicide by overdose (medicine or over the counter pharmaceutical, for instance) is just deadly not exactly around 5% of the time. Essentially, if a firearm is available, individuals will probably utilize it and bite the dust. Thanks!
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Lauren on Monday, April 18, 2016 6:41 AM
Hmm...Portland have encountered "newsworthy" weapon brutality. I don't know of the various families anonymous and faceless to me who have had their lives cracked from other firearm brutality this previous week. Thank you so much for this issue.
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Swiss Fake IWC on Thursday, May 12, 2016 10:55 PM
The imagery of making instruments of war into tools for cultivation goes beyond general repurposing.
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Sophie on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 1:05 AM
Pastor, shooting at Seattle Pacific University was awesome. I have just pleased to read about the entirety the post in detail. I will definitely share this post with my facebook friends to see this. Thank you so much.
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toms shoes on Monday, July 03, 2017 4:17 AM
I wonder what it would look like for us to engage people so that they would experience hospitality and love and God's presence, and in so doing working to transform guns to into cooking pots.
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Johnny Rhodes on Sunday, April 29, 2018 2:28 AM
Hi Pastor Dan, Nice stuff sharing this here. Is there a website where you have information about this article and yourself as well? Do let me know please.
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besteassy on Saturday, May 05, 2018 5:07 PM
It was really going to be exciting to see the shooting at the place that you are discussing in this blog. It has been a passion to me about watching the shooting shows that are exactly for the people like that like thrill.
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