“Peace be within your walls, and security within your towers.”
Yesterday began the penitent season of Advent. It is a season where we are to reflect on our past…especially our past sins…as we await the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
During this time; which will end on Christmas Day; we are not hide from sorrow. Rather we are to confess our sins; what we have done and what we have left undone; our individual sins and our collective sins. And pray for peace while believing in the One who was and is and is to come, our Prince of Peace.
As part of this confession we all must repent of the sins that have created tent cities hosting hundreds of thousands of refugees, leaving eight-month-olds children so undernourished that they can be mistaken for newborns.
We must confess the sins that allow the investigation of a murdered journalist to be so deceptive that “Pinocchio Scales” needs to be devised to see who is telling the biggest lies.
And we must pray for peace.
Not just the absence of violence. But peace that is wholistic. An all encompassing internal and external peace with God and neighbor and earth and self.
Let us during this Advent season spend time in the house of God, praying and seeking His face.
Let us pray believing that just as God took on human flesh, felt hunger and thirst and pain to come into our world to heal the sick and deliver the lost…He will return in order that true peace can reign.
May the almighty God teach us to be advocates for peace in this restless world, in Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.