John 14:27 – Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (NIV)
During the Advent season, as we journey towards the manger, and as we light the second candle on our Advent wreath, let us journey with peace.
What are the things that give us a sense of peace in our lives? Maybe it is when we can go somewhere and "escape" from all the pressures of living, on top of a hill, by a lake, or even in a shopping mall. Is it a place where we can go just to shut our minds off from all the cares of the world? Are we able to find that place? That place of peace? Is that what peace is?
So often, during this time of year, as we rush around to look for that perfect Christmas present for that someone special, and as we dash about trying to accomplish so many things, we are reminded to stop … and think about peace. Often when we think of peace, we think of peace in light of what the world gives — peace as an absence of business or an absence of war and violence — but I don't think that is the peace that Christ is talking about here. The peace that Jesus offers us is the peace in the midst of uncertainty and the peace in the midst of busy-ness and the peace in midst of war and violence. These things happen and will continue to happen, but we can still find peace through Christ Jesus in the midst of these things.
Come to the manger! Come and see … with peace!
Prayer: Prince of Peace, we come to you today seeking peace. It is difficult for us at times to find peace when all around us there is turmoil. May our journey during this Advent season draw us closer to You. Take our thoughts and our dreams, and help us to focus on You and find peace in the midst of our lives. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.