Advent comes from the word adventus, which is the latin word for coming. We rest our hope on the promises that come from the gospel of peace Jesus lived out.
Jesus came to bring justice but in the form of peace. This concept felt foreign to many.
Several hundred years before the birth of Jesus, Isaiah came on the scene bringing prophecies of salvation and hope to people who were weary. His words came to a society beat down by the stresses of their life that was full of war and chaos. Peace wasn’t a part of their everyday life. And they probably couldn’t recognize peace anymore.
This year felt like the peace switch was turned off. And it seemed that we moved from fear to anger, to grief, to confusion and back to fear and the cycle would start all over again. It is enough to want the year to be over. To long for change and just want the process rushed. And how do we maintain our peace in all of this. Can we maintain our peace in the midst of great uncertainty around us?
Peace is the platform for hope to stand. We wait in hope and walk in peace. When peace is disrupted, hope feels heavy. And Jesus knew this, which is why he gave us his peace.
He knew the world would still have chaos. He gave us something else to fix our mind and heart on so we would press through chaos and the things beyond our control.
Hope can only be steady if peace is the pursuit of our heart.
“The season of Advent means there is something on the horizon the likes of which we have never seen before … What is possible is to not see it, to miss it, to turn just as it brushes past you. And you begin to grasp what it was you missed, like Moses in the cleft of the rock, watching God’s [back] fade in the distance. So stay. Sit. Linger. Tarry. Ponder. Wait. Behold. Wonder. There will be time enough for running. For rushing. For worrying. For pushing. For now, stay. Wait. Something is on the horizon.”
Jan L Richardson
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:6-7
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 hearts be a resting place for your peace and may we lean into the beautiful promise that you are with us always. Help us to posture our hearts before you and remain humble. Thank you that your promises never fail. May the hope of our hearts be steadied in you always.