We dedicated the first Sunday of Advent to Peace. We pondered what it might look like if we each truly embraced the Peace that Jesus offers. Not the peace that is defined by the world — assuming more power and more possessions will bring peace. This is a temporary peace because with power comes more responsibilities and stress, our possessions wear out.
Instead, Jesus says, “I give you my peace.” In our study, “Almost Christmas,” we are reminded that Jesus isn’t giving us a peace like his. Jesus is giving us his peace. Jesus is giving us a part of himself.
Jesus’ peace allows us
to face uncertainties with confidence,
to welcome the stranger,
to release the greed and self-indulgences,
to be authentic
to love God with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength.
to love our neighbor and to love ourselves.
So, if you’ve tried all of the above and are left confessing, “I just don’t have it in me,” I encourage you to spend time this Advent Season to explore what is in you — what is filling your heart, mind, and soul. What is strengthening you?
Fill me with your Peace, O God.
May all that is in me praise you.
May all that is in me be redeemed by your Love.
May all that is in me rest in your Promise to never leave me or forsake me.
Fill me with your Peace, O God,
An Altogether Peace.
November 29, 2022