“How beautiful upon the mountains
Are the feet of him who brings good news,
Who proclaims peace,
Who brings glad tidings of good things,
Who proclaims salvation,
Who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!””
Isaiah 52:7 (NKJV)
Today is the Second Sunday of Advent – the Advent Sunday of Peace. Our journey toward the manger continues, our time of waiting abides.
Each Sunday of this season reveals something to us about the nature of God. This week we focus on God as our Peace.
In a world of brokenness and violence, God comes to bring good news, to proclaim peace. Perhaps it is no surprise that God does this by coming to us as a baby. There is something about holding a newborn that just gives one a sense of quiet serenity. And nobody, but nobody, sleeps as peacefully as a baby (when they DO sleep!). They are without the weight that older people carry with us. They do not worry, they do not overthink.
A sleeping infant embodies peace in a way you and I cannot seem to do.
God comes as the embodiment of peace, the Christ child, to proclaim his message of peace to all of humanity.
This Advent, may you know peace – proclaimed by And embodied by Jesus. May you understand that God is the God of Peace and may you find ways to live out peace each and every day.