This is the second week of Advent, a season of waiting and wanting. This special time lasts only four weeks, ending the week of Christmas Eve and Christmas.
Advent simply means “the coming.”
This morning we will be thinking about the next marker of that new world by focusing on the idea of peace. Peace might simply mean the absence of war, but our faith calls for more than that.
Peace in the Christian tradition implies not just a ceasing of hostilities, but also a building of relationship and connection that surpasses all understanding.
It’s a big challenge and one that can only be met through the work and life of Jesus the Christ, who we call the King of Kings.
A central message of the Advent season is this expected new relationship, which helps to heal all the people of the world and, indeed, all of creation.
Do you find this a powerful challenge?
I know I do, especially, in our current environment, which seems to delight in finding reasons for difference and separation instead of reconciliation and relationship.
While you are waiting, I would invite you to consider what sort of leader would be needed to bring such a change into this world? What sort of power would they have? What tools would they use?
This week: pray for the leaders in your life.