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On the Second Sunday of Advent, another purple, or blue candle is lit to celebrate Peace, both the Prince of Peace himself and the promise of peace on Earth.
John 16:33 Easy-to-Read Version
“I have told you these things so that you can have peace in me. In this world you will have troubles. But be brave! I have defeated the world!”
Romans 12:18 Easy-to-Read Version
Do the best you can to live in peace with everyone.
Romans 14:19 Easy-to-Read Version
So let’s try as hard as we can to do what will bring peace. Let’s do whatever will help each other grow stronger in faith.
The word shalom, peace, refers to a sense of completeness or wholeness. To greet someone by saying, shalom, means you are saying, “May health and well-being, be upon you.”
As you pass the peace from yourself to others, you are making them feel complete, whole, full of well-being, then they pass along the peace to others, and they pass it along, until shalom, inner peace multiplies and blesses other souls in need.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” – Matthew 5:9
Another version says it this way.
Matthew 5:9 The Message
You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.
I’m rarely ever still. In constant motion since I first entered the world, my body, mind, and soul, run day and night, night and day, ever-moving, ever-thinking, ever-feeling, It’s exhausting!
How could I possibly experience peace? Here is just a small list of the many suggestions I found online that promise peace.
- Set Routines
- Keep a Journal
- Create a To-Do List
- Set Goals
- Take a Yoga Class
- Count Your Blessings
- Spend Time with a Pet
- Get a Change of Scenery … take a walk … go shopping … go … go … go
- Do a Puzzle
- Listen to Music
- Inhale a Calming Aroma
- Try Art … Be Creative
- Ride a Bike
- De-clutter Part of Your House
- Volunteer to Help a Charity
Now, isn’t that what I was trying to avoid? This is a list of even more things to do. I could stress out and lose my personal peace trying to do as many of these things as possible!
In this world I live, peace is evermore elusive. God, Your Word says to wait, to be still, to be quiet. I think those words promise more peace than anything on any to-do list.
Lamentations 3:25-26 English Standard Version
The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul who seeks him.
It is good that one should wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord.
Psalm 46:10 New International Version
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
Exodus 14:14 English Standard Version
The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.
Lullabies are soothing, quiet, peaceful, and calming. At this and any time of the year, my all-time favorite lullaby is, Silent Night.
Lord, I will now be still, quiet, and wait for this lovely song to calm my heart, mind, and soul. Amen
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