Peace | Advent Journey
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27
As we enter the Advent season this year, we are all seeking, longing, and waiting for some Good News. We are bombarded with a daily dose of bad news, which has been magnified with the global COVID-19 pandemic mixed with the racial, economic, and political upheaval wreaking havoc in our world.
The barrage of bad news has triggered unprecedented levels of fear, anxiety, and even despair in many of us. The uncertainty of not knowing when things will return to ‘normal’ is disorienting. Our false sense of security and peace has been shattered. We long for some Good News!
The message of Advent is Good News. Jesus has come, and is coming again to make all things right! Advent is about celebrating the Good News that a loving God chose to enter our messy world through Jesus. He came to both relate to us in our suffering and to save us!
Yet this pandemic, the strife in our world, and the pain and suffering all around us remind us that we are still waiting with expectancy for Jesus to return and usher in the fullness of His Peace!
Peace is both an attribute of the nature of Jesus and a marker of His Kingdom that He promises to us now in our present struggles and in full when He returns. His peace has both a personal and global impact.
What does this peace look and feel like personally?
The peace Jesus is offering flows out of the Hebrew word Shalom which means wholeness. His peace is a total sense of well being in every arena of your life. It translates into the reconciliation of all broken relationships, mental, physical, and spiritual well being, and in provision for work and finances!
This Advent, I pray for a fresh encounter with Jesus, the Prince of Peace. May His Peace come to our world and into every part of your life!
– Tim Schultz,
Regional Director for Prairies and NWT
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