Good day everyone. I am very excited as we walk through the journey of Advent toward the birth of Jesus on Christmas Day. Each week Christians reflect on a theme. The first week was Hope. We are called to offer the Hope in Jesus to the world. When we can reflect the light of Christ in our daily actions, when we have a hopeful attitude, when we have the confidence of the scriptures, we can attract others to God’s Kingdom.
The second week of Advent focuses on Peace. What does that mean to you? How do we find peace? How can we create peace? I think this is a natural progression from my message last week about Rest and Reflect. When we slow down, be grateful for our blessings, spend time away from distractions, make time to be with family or friends during advent, we can find peace. We need to be intentional about seeking peace especially in the frantic nature of the holiday season.
Having an attitude of peace also attracts others to God’s Kingdom. It will certainly cause people to pause and pay attention to you when you are at peace! I start each day taking a deep breath and setting my attitude for the day. When I start the day with an attitude of peace, I have a much better day. Certainly distractions, negativity, problems, challenges, roadblocks happen during the day, but when I have my peace armor on, I can move these aside and end with a successful day. The bible gives us 362 mentions of peace!
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart because I have overcome the world.”
“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.
“This is the message of Good News for the people of Israel—that there is peace with God through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.”
“Let peace begin with me, let this be the moment now. With every step I take, let this be my solemn vow.
To take each moment and live each moment in peace, eternally. Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.”
(2nd verse, Let There Be Peace on Earth)