We lit the second candle, the candle of peace.
Peace is not easy to come by. We see conflict all around us: between countries, within countries, cities, communities… We can shut it out or ignore lack of peace when it’s farther away. But when it’s close to home, or in our homes, we can’t ignore it. We have to face it.
Why does the Christmas season often bring disharmony to the surface? I tend to dismiss a hurtful word or action during the year. But come Christmas I’m more sensitive, I’m less forgiving.
Is it because my days are longer and cramped with activities, events, and fighting my way through shopping malls? Is it my never ending to-do list?
What I need more than anything during Advent is breathing space! Time to spend in prayer and meditation. Time to read God’s Word. When I don’t fill up all those empty spaces with God’s truth, the emptiness I created by running endlessly fills with negative thinking, with sensitivity to words and actions from people around me. My vision is blurred and priorities shift. I lose perspective.
Want to stay healthy and find peace during this Christmas season? Here is some advice from Proverbs:
“A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body; jealousy is like cancer in the bones.” Proverbs 14:30 NLT
“Better a dry crust eaten in peace than a house filled with feasting—and conflict.” Proverbs 17:1 NLT
And where do you go for peace? Try God and His promises:
“The Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace.” Psalm 29:11
“Those who love your instructions have great peace and do not stumble.” Psalm 119:165
Jesus said, “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27
As we enter the second week of Advent, it is my prayer that you will find some breathing space and God’s peace.
Happy second Advent!