theme for the Second Sunday of Advent is Peace. The first Advent Sunday focused
on hope and that we bear the responsibility to live as agents of hope in
a world plagued by despondency. As we consider peace on the second Advent Sunday,
we see that we can bring hope into the world by being peacemakers.
sing a lot about peace in our Christmas carols. It was after all the core
message of the angel choir on the night that Jesus was born: “Peace on earth
and goodwill towards men on whom God’s favour rests.”
how often do we do everything within our power to bring peace where it is
we peacemakers within our own families?
we work to heal our marriages and family bonds, or do we let our prejudices or
anger bring discord?
we work towards unity within our congregation or are we the instigators of
divisive gossip and lead deconstructive cliques, sowing conflict with no desire
to bring about the peace among his people Christ lived and died for?
we refer to people that look and act differently than ourselves with
disrespect, contempt and ridicule and stereotype them?
on earth starts with us and our attitudes towards others. If we hold
people, and especially other Christians and fellow church members and family
members, dear to our heart, our words and actions will mirror this love and
respect. There really is no point in speaking about peace on national and
global levels if we in our personal sphere of influence are agents of war, hurt
remember the definition Jesus gave to love: “Do unto others as you want them
to do unto you.” Let’s stop singing about peace until we made peace and
is no true and sincere Christmas card decoration or Christmas carol when it
does not come from a changed heart and compassionate soul.
Season of Advent teaches us to be peace makers as it will restore the hope on
Christ, the King.
As we expect the coming of the Kingdom of the Prince of Peace born to be our
Redeemer and as we make straight the road for the Second Coming, let’s live as
true ambassadors of the Peace Kingdom the Messiah came to establish.
must be the peacemakers - we who are followers of Christ and we who love Jesus!
But we will not be until peace conquered our hearts. This always means
that we make peace with ourselves first, with whom we are and what our calling
in God’s work is. It then also means making peace with those closest to us. It
means that we do earnestly mean it when we call our fellow Christians “brothers
children can bring about peace on earth if we are filled with the Holy Spirit
and if we received the peace of God through the Spirit in prayer and reflection
of God’s Word.