In this second week of Advent, we remember and celebrate the peace that enters into our lives through the birth of Christ. We lead such busy, often stressful lives, especially during the Christmas season. Even as we hurry from one place to another buying gifts, attending various Christmas parties, and spending time with our family, Jesus extends his hands and offers us the divine rest of simply pausing and reflecting in His presence. Jesus, the Prince of Peace, is born into the world and lives in our hearts to guide us in navigating the often chaotic world.
This year, with so many tragedies and so much political unrest, we are even more acutely aware of our desperate need for peace. More than ever, we must continue to live out and share the peace and love of Christ to those in our community and those outside of our circles or demographics alike. As Christians, we are called to reflect God’s light and offer his perfect peace to those we come in contact with in our day to day lives. As we celebrate this holiday season, let us remember, pray for, and find ways to come alongside those who are not as fortunate.
As we seek to serve and spread peace to those around us, we also look internally to find God’s peace within us. Through prayer and devotion, we can more readily recognize God’s divine presence in our lives and allow ourselves to experience his peace that transcends understanding.
Regardless of your schedule today, intentionally carve out five to ten minutes you can spend quietly praying to Jesus. Thank Him for His perfect peace. Pray that it would spread across our world, through us, His followers. Thank Him for the uncountable blessings we can so easily take for granted. Pray peace over those who find the holiday season to be particularly difficult and lonely. Pray that God would use you as a peacemaker. As we celebrate this second week of Advent, let us all prepare our hearts for the coming Prince of Peace and seek to spread His love and mercy throughout this season.