For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.
Isaiah 9:6-7 NIV
ADVENT DEVOTION – WEEK TWO
We celebrate the theme of peace on the second Sunday of Advent. There are times when the Christmas season can feel anything but peaceful. It’s all good stuff, but the calendar in December fills up quickly with parties, family, and presents. That’s all in addition to the regular schedule we keep.
Isaiah wrote the messianic prophecy that promised us the “Prince of Peace” about 700 years before the birth of Jesus. During that waiting time, the Jews had obligations. They had houses to manage, careers, and families to raise. The main difference between then and now is that we are no longer waiting on the Messiah. We celebrate his arrival as a baby–but the tyranny of the urgent has a way of gobbling up our attention.
I can’t think of a better countermeasure to combat the things vying for our attention than peace. Let’s create some time each day this week to enjoy moments with the Prince of Peace. We can focus on how our savior has brought supernatural peace that endures no matter the financial outlook or political climate.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 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. -Philippians 4:4-7 NIV
Pastor of Discipleship at Crossings Edmond
ADVENT & CHRISTMAS RESOURCES
Prayer of St Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me bring love. Where there is offense, let me bring pardon.
Where there is discord, let me bring union. Where there is error, let me bring truth.
Where there is doubt, let me bring faith. Where there is despair, let me bring hope.
Where there is darkness, let me bring your light. Where there is sadness, let me bring joy.
O Master, let me not seek as much to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love,
for it is in giving that one receives,
it is in self-forgetting that one finds,
it is in pardoning that one is pardoned,
it is in dying that one is raised to eternal life.
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