Below are the words to a song I created as a reflection on “The Peaceable Kingdom” described in the 11th Chapter of Isaiah. I took one of my favorite songs, “The King of Love My Shepherd Is” and adapted it to describe the love that that does miracles, at Christmas and always! Jesus’ love brings peace in our hearts and makes peace possible between predators and prey, between enemies, between all of us.
The Prince of Peace My Shepherd Is
By Cathy Gilmore
(Adapted as a prayerful reflection on The Peaceable Kingdom: Isaiah 11:1-10 sung to the tune of the original song, “The King of Love My Shepherd Is” by Henry Baker)
The Prince of Peace my shepherd is,
With love that lasts forever.
I belong to Him. He knows my name,
And He will leave me never.
When I feel lost, I’m not alone,
In dark or fearful weather.
His truth and love protect me ‘till
I live with Him forever.
Though lion fierce may be my foe
With Jesus, he rests meekly.
Our Lord shows us the way of peace
and loving friends will we be.
The hope He brings blesses creatures all;
No weak from strong need hiding.
His kingdom grows as my love and trust
allow His grace to guide me.
The Prince of Peace OUR shepherd is,
With love that lasts forever.
Born as a child in Bethlehem
He leads us home together.
Take a look below the passage from Isaiah 11 that inspired the lyrics to the song. You will notice that I used creative license, both in my storybook, Little Lamb Finds Christmas, (which is the source of the awesome image of Jesus and the Lamb pictured here) and with the song…in the Isaiah text, yes, it is a wolf that lays down with the lamb. However, since the Lion/Lamb image is actually the one that so many people associate with the story of the Peaceable Kingdom, and since they are both wonderful paradoxical images of Jesus as our Savior, I hope you’ll forgive me for having us sing about lambs and lions rather than lambs and wolves. The miracle of PEACE is the same.
Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE)
The Peaceable Kingdom
11 [a]There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse,
and a branch shall grow out of his roots.
2 And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him,
the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of counsel and might,
the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
3 And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.
He shall not judge by what his eyes see,
or decide by what his ears hear;
4 but with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked.
5 Righteousness shall be the girdle of his waist,
and faithfulness the girdle of his loins.
6 The wolf shall dwell with the lamb,
and the leopard shall lie down with the kid,
and the calf and the lion and the fatling together,
and a little child shall lead them.
7 The cow and the bear shall feed;
their young shall lie down together;
and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
8 The sucking child shall play over the hole of the asp,
and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den.
9 They shall not hurt or destroy
in all my holy mountain;
for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea.
This is such a beautiful passage of scripture to reflect on during Advent and Christmas. It references Jesus as the the “shoot from the stump of Jesse” since He was the new life God offered to all of us as the promised Messiah and the descendant of King David. The hope offered in this passage is so beautiful. Sometime during Advent, have your children get out all their plastic animal figures (predators and prey) and they can act out the passage with the figures while you read. And then sing the song…of course!