Everything we read and hear every day is about wars, gun violence, destruction, separateness/walls and oppression. It’s depressing. Do we really want peace? It turns out that peace is something different.

Peace is a right relationship with God. And a right relationship with God always places us into a right relationship with each other. We do not make it a right relationship. God has already done that. God has already made peace with the world.

Advent is about looking forward.

We read in Ephesians 2:

In Christ Jesus you who were once far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us.

God is our peace. Peace is a gift from God. We are praying for this gift, eagerly awaiting this gift of peace. It’s like coming home for your Christmas family feast. You are not there yet, but you can almost taste it!

Advent is a time of transition and new beginnings.

Isaiah 9
He will be called wonderful counselor, mighty God, everlasting Father, prince of peace.

Shared by Brenda Walker


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