Second Week of Advent: Peace
Scriptures: Isaiah 40:1-11, Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13, 2 Peter 3:8-15, Mark 1:1-8
By: Thomas MacMichael
Inspiration: “PEACE” - One of the great promises of our Lord is the promise God will give us peace! Peace was elusive in the days of Mary and Joseph and seems elusive now. But the promise remains and is real. Psalm 85 says: ”I will listen to what God the LORD says; he promises peace to his people, his faithful servants”. The Christmas season reminds me of this. Advent is a time to re-center my efforts; to accept the peace of Christ and pass it to others - family, friends, even people I view or am told are enemies. Mark 1:8 says “we are baptized by the Holy Spirit”. A great work has happened and is happening within each one of us! Advent is a time to remember when this was not yet so: the time, the night, the star, signifying the HOPE and PROMISE of the coming of the LORD. We are blessed with the Good News of His indwelling spirit. It changes everything! C S Lewis once said: “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” Advent is a time to see everything from a renewed perspective: the perspective of the promise of peace.
Reflection: Our culture seems a mine-field against good news and against peace. It is saturated by electronic media with messages of doom, gloom - virtual conveyor belts of scandals and disappointments including at the highest levels. We are not unique in this regard. There was plenty of bad news surrounding the stable and the manger 2000 years ago! It was a terrible time to be a first-born male infant, even worse to an unwed mother! And yet, God worked the greatest of his promises into what seemed bad news all around. Now is the time to remember WE can be the peace of God in our world. We must be. WE are God’s children: His prescription for bad news. This is the meaning of being a Christian: to bring the Good News! How easy to forget, given the world as it is! If we forget the peace given by Christ, how will we ever be able to pass it along? Advent is a time to begin again, to keep first things first. Steven Covey said: “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing”. The Advent season reminds us about the main thing: the Peace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Prayer: Prince of Peace, help us receive the peace of Christ, remembering His command to abide in Him and to love one another. Give us the strength and willingness to accept the peace that passes all understanding. Help us to be the Good News in the world, to “keep the main thing the main thing”! Amen.