Brene Brown, a sociologist that some of you may have heard of, talks often about how it is hard to hate up close. What she means is that once we get close to people and don’t keep an arm’s length or more between us, it’s really hard for us to not see their humanity. This visual given to us by Isaiah helps me to see her words in a new way.
Swords put us in opposition to one another. Plowshares put us to work with each other. Spears are cast at each other, but pruning hooks require focus on reaping the harvest.