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The Peace of Advent: Day One

December.9.2012

The theme of the second week of Advent is Peace.

There probably isn’t a more over-used and more misunderstood word than peace. Peace is clamored for from every corner of our world. International issues, domestic disputes, it’s not hard to look around and see a world in chaos. I love that, even as followers of Jesus, we long for the Christmas season to be marked by peace, yet it is the most hectic, busy, stressed filled month of our year.

We live in a world where individuals are longing and crying out for peace and for the most part, can not do anything to bring about it. Then we read:

“As it is written in the book fo the words of Isaiah the prophet, ‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness; Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall become straight, and the rough places shall be come level ways and the all flesh hall see the salvation of God.”

– Luke 3:4 – 6

This longing, this crying out for peace, for help, for rescue is not new. Peace cannot come from anyone but Jesus no matter how hard I try to manufacture it in my life through my own efforts. True peace will come when all flesh will experience salvation. And so this week, I try to find peace in the midst of it all.

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