Monday, December 5, 2011

Advent Season - Part 2 - Peace

The second week of Advent is traditionally associated with the peace that Jesus' birth promises.

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given & the government will be on his shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)

Christmas is the season of peace & celebration. But there are so many people who struggle, especially at this time of year. For some, a time when hearts should be overflowing with love, it's a time of pain & sadness. The Christmas season can be full of stress too, with the shopping, the decorating, the Christmas cards, the gatherings, the baking & cooking. And sometimes Jesus gets lost in the activities. But when God sent His one & only Son to this earth. He did it to bring light & salvation to a lost world. His birth brought us a promise that can never be taken away. Jesus' birth signified a promise to bring you peace, no matter what you're going through. He is the Light of the World who will never fail you.

So if the peace of this season is overcome with a situation which is causing pain, sadness, &/or stress, the peace that comes through knowing Jesus is sufficient for all of our needs, & He will get us through anything. And through all circumstances, His power is so strong, He can give you peace in the midst of your struggle. No situation is ever hopeless when you have Christ in your heart.

Week 2 Advent Challenge:
This week, make a list of those who you know are struggling. At the top of my list this week, are those who have lost loved ones this past year, especially those who have lost children. The first Christmas after losing a loved one can be very hard & i know i wouldn't have gotten through those "firsts" without God's peace. Pray your own prayer of hope for those on your list. Then give the list to God.

Jesus, who brings peace into turmoil & conflict, we thank You for Your divine peace mission, which we are reminded of by celebrating Your birth. We offer up our prayers for peace, trusting that You will act in each & every situation.

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