Sunday, December 4, 2016

Advent Reflections: December 4


“For as the soil makes the sprout come up
   and a garden causes seeds to grow,
so the Sovereign LORD will make righteousness
   and praise spring up before all nations.”

Isaiah 61:11


Peace is an unusual state of mind. Unlike hope, peace usually is not a result of what we think, do or say. In fact, peace has very little to do with our circumstances. Ones life can appear to be the picture of perfection, but in reality it is as void of peace as a dessert of water. Another's life may mirror complete chaos from an outward perspective, but inwardly they posses more peace than can be imagined. Either way, if we're honest with ourselves, most of us need much more peace in life.

Peace can come in the simplest and most unexpected places. In the midst of facing difficult obstacles and walking through the most challenging of times, the light of peace can break through and overshadow even the most impossible of situations. Be it a laugh from a baby, a cup of coffee, a song on the radio or lights on a Christmas tree, peace can transcend our circumstances and elevate us to a place where we can say to ourselves, “It’s going to be OK.” 

Advent reminds us to be prepared for peace. If the soil of our lives is ready to receive the seeds that God provides, the sprouts of peace will eventually grow uncontrollably. Sometimes all that is needed is soil. Even in the most unfavorable conditions, a sprout can rise up with peace. Peace multiplies and creates more peace if we allow it to grow. 

Advent is about finding peace, even in the dark places of life. Peace transforms us, changes our perspective and restores hope that once seemed lost. Peace brings new life. Peace opens doors. Peace renews our spirit and encourages us to see life in a different way. 

As we begin the second week of Advent, let us prepare ourselves for peace throughout this week. It may come in the most unexpected places, at the strangest of times and from the most unlikely sources. But is that not what Advent is all about? Doesn't that encapsulate the essential and transformative meaning of Christmas?     


God, as we spend this time with you, let us remember that your peace is always available. As we begin this second week of Advent, let us see life as new and fresh. Grant us new life and let peace overwhelm us each new day.


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