Advent is a wonderful reminder that peace is possible. Because the peace that Advent reflects on isn’t one where conflict ceases or disagreements are simply halted-Advent peace rebuilds. In other words, it doesn’t keep peace, it makes peace.
As people who live between two advents, one defining marker should be that we make peace in the space between promises. Making peace is what we were meant to do in the waiting.
However, we cannot be peacemakers if we haven’t cultivated the space in our hearts for peace to abide.
For me, Advent is an ongoing conversation with the living God about the different attributes of his nature- hope, peace, joy, love. As I light the candles and meditate on his promises, I make space for peace to abide in my heart. It is the kind of peace where the roots grow deep because Jesus is Immanuel. God with me always, in every season, in every moment. And at the end of the day, nobody gets me like Jesus gets me.
“Advent is the perfect time to clear and prepare the Way. Advent is a winter training camp for those who desire peace. By reflection and prayer, by reading and meditation, we can make our hearts a place where a blessing of peace would desire to abide and where the birth of the Prince of Peace might take place.” Edward Hays
“The Lord himself will give you a sign. The virgin is going to have a baby. She will give birth to a son. And he will be called Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14
God, thank you for the peace you give that is never ending. Grant us the deeper understanding of your peace and help us to truly accept it as the incredible gift it is. May our heart be a resting place for your peace and may we lean into the beautiful promise that you are with us always.