As the days continue to shorten we live into the wonder and hope of Christmas. The text from Isaiah speaks of the Prince of Peace which is one of the many names of the child given to us and as I watch the news, listen to the radio, look at social media, I am so very aware that peace is something that seems so distant. Our days look dark and gloomy as violence and hatred raise their ugly heads and we may hear ourselves crying out, “Where is peace?”. While this is true if we stop and look around us and notice the small things that shout out peace we find our hope. Watch the wonderment of a small child experiencing their first snowfall with the big flakes landing on her eyelashes and on her clothes one cannot help and smile. Those small glimpses can give us the hope of Advent, of the coming of our God.
Let us pray
Gracious and life giving God so much around us is filled with hate and violence that we can become overwhelmed, help us to notice those places in our life and in our world where there is peace, even fleeting. Give us the courage to rise up and be a messenger of peace to our families and to our communities. Bless these days of Advent so we to can experience the uninhibited joy of a small child at the miracle of the gift of Christmas. Amen.
Question to ponder
In your day when you see unrest, hate and violence how can God use you to be that instrument of peace?
Pastor Trish Underberg
Faith Lutheran Church, Odebolt
Bethel Lutheran Church, Kiron