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The Peace of Advent: Day Seven

December.15.2012

The last 24 hours have been a sorrowful reminder of how incomplete and distant peace feels, along with how shallow my understanding of peace can be at times.

As news of the shooting spread, while our country and world mourned, the weight of darkness crept in and I was confronted with my empty prayers, my selfish desires for cursory peace and my lack of knowledge of what true peace is and can be. And so we mourn, weeping with those weep, grieving a senseless act that we will never make comprehend. The prayer of Advent, the cry of creation has never seemed more apt as we raise our voices, crying out:

Come, Lord Jesus.

Come, Lord Jesus. Please come. Please reveal yourself, make yourself known. Give us a peace that moves past any human comprehension. God, don’t give us acceptence, but peace. Peace for victims. Peace for aggressors. Peace for those lashing out. Peace for my enemies. Peace for all. Please come Lord Jesus and bring salvation that only you can bring.

As I have been writing these daily advent reflections, the idea has been to help move you and I to a deeper understanding of this story of Christmas, to a deeper desire for the coming Christ and a more rooted expression of worship. This morning as a world is still processing and putting together pieces that will never fit together in a way we want them to, all I could think of was the song by All Sons & Daughters called  Reason To SIng.

I need a reason to sing. And I find myself faced with the reality that Jesus did come, that what he promised was true, and that he promised he would come again, and so my prayer today is not that I would find peace in the prayer “Come, Lord Jesus” but that the peace of the world would come and reveal himself, as soon as possible.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33

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