We are continuing in our Advent journey of hope and peace. It appears on the surface we are following a futile path. We seem to be constantly surrounded by violence. The prophet Habakkuk made his complaint to the Lord saying:
“O Lord, how long shall I cry for help,
and you will not listen?
Or cry to you ‘Violence!’
and you will not save?
Why do you make me see wrongdoing
and look at trouble?
Destruction and violence are before me;
strife and contention arise.
So the law becomes slack
and justice never prevails.
The wicked surround the righteous--
therefore judgement comes forth perverted.”
Seems like nothing has changed since 600 B.C.E. doesn’t it?
Advent is about the anticipation of change to come. We wait for the Christ Child who comes into the world to turn it upside down. We hope and we wait for this peace. The point of Advent is we wait for this, yet we already have it. The peace we know is the peace that Christ gives us within ourselves. Peace is not here outside of ourselves – but peace can be here within ourselves if we accept the Christ Child within our hearts. Advent is a time of anticipation – a time to hope for the peace of Christ that exists within us to spread across the whole world. Maybe this will be the year…
This blog consists of reflections written by the minister each week for the Sunday bulletin. We hope that you enjoy the musings!