On Memorial Day we honor the men and women who serve and have served in our military. Last evening we watched the Memorial Day program from our national capital. It was a moving presentation with numerous stories of sacrifice and selfless service in the cause of freedom. It is right to honor such service. Yet, at the same time it should cause us to long and pray for the time when such service is no longer needed. The Prophet Isaiah wrote, “In the last days the mountain of the LORD’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and all nations will stream to it. Many peoples will come and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.’ The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.”(2:2-4) National leaders have many times quoted these last two sentences in their speeches. Their efforts alone will not bring it about. Only our Lord Jesus will be able to fulfill this promise. Let us pray that He come quickly.