“The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.”
John 1:9-10 NIV
Maybe this is why we long for peace, but find it so hard to achieve. We did not recognize the source of our peace – the true light, through whom we were created, Jesus, God – when he came among us.
If we cannot recognize him, how can we strive to be like him? How can we live in his ways, the ways of peace? How can we find peace?
This might be disturbing – if it was all up to us. If God was cruel enough to leave us to our own devices. If God wasn’t so deeply invested in relationship with us.
Thankfully, God doesn’t leave us to figure it all out on our own. God isn’t satisfied to stay far away and hope that someday we figure it out. God gets up close and personal. God becomes one of us. And God sends the Holy Spirit to work in us. To help us see what we would ha e otherwise missed. To nudge us closer to God, to the truth, to the light. To peace.
This Advent, may you feel the nudge of the Holy Spirit. May you recognize the true light that gives light to everyone. And may you worship Him.