I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
The season of Advent is a journey. Long ago, Mary and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem. They were not able to take much with them when they set out, and they expected their journey to end with more taxes, more oppression, and more poverty. However, they did bring several very important gifts with them: Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love.
Today we still prepare our hearts in this season of Advent. We may have more wealth and power than Mary and Joseph ever did, but it is also important to ask if we really have what matters? This week we are taking a look at the spiritual gift of peace. Jesus never promised to make our lives easy. However, Jesus did promise to love us in the midst of the tribulations. Jesus promised to always be present, and if we open ourselves to this love, then I believe we can bring real peace to this world.
Today I hope you can all find a little peace in your hearts, and I hope you can find some way to share this. Don’t get caught up trying to move mountains or saving the entire planet. Just ask if there is any way to bring a little peace to your life.
I was taking some time with my family last week, and honestly it was less than peaceful. Our two year old was refusing to put pants on, and the screaming was getting out of control. :) We were setting up our Advent wreath, and it looked a little strange since the candles had sat out in the garage all summer and melted into some pretty weird shapes. (Oops!) However, we wound up just cherishing a few moments of love around the candles. The boys wound up laughing and playing together, and I saw just a bit of God’s peace that day.
God is working in this world. I hope we can all open our hearts and see it!