SCRIPTURE: Luke 2:13-15

The first week, we remembered the promise of hope given to us by God. The second week, we celebrated the gift of love come down. The third week, we embraced the lasting joy that is given in God abiding with us. This week, we remember that the angels came with promises of peace.

Sometimes peace is used to mean a good feeling or a simple sense of calm. But I think that the peace the angels came proclaiming was something much, much deeper than telling us to have a general good feeling. The angels came from the heavens, as messengers, as a messenger might have done in battle, not declaring surrender, not declaring war, but declaring peace. The wrongs we’ve done will be set right because of this baby that was born in a stable, this Rescuer that we had waited so long for would be our peacemaker. God and humanity don’t have to be at odds with one another. And if God and humanity are not at peace, then that means that the peace trickles down into all our relationships.

But peace is a gift must be agreed upon. Peace is a gift that must be received. And similar to some of the gifts we receive at Christmas time, we have to get rid of some of our old things to make room for the new. We might have to let go of an attitude that is always ‘me first’ if we want to receive God’s gift of peace. We might have ask God to take our selfishness and our anger and our mistrust so that we can have room in our lives for God’s peace.

We come to this fourth Sunday of Advent to slow our pace. To slow our words. To ready our ears. To humble
ourselves. To abide in the peace of God as we light this candle. We remember the peace that came in Christ, the peace
that continually comes in God’s presence among us and the peace of all peace that is still yet to come.

What is peace?
Why is peace so hard to find in our world?
When do you feel the most peace-full? When do you feel the least peace-full?
How can you choose to be a peacemaker in your everyday life?
What sorts of things might we need to let go of so that we can make room for peace in our lives?
How does a life that is full of God’s peace look different than a life that is lacking God’s peace?
Is there someone you know who needs to hear words of peace? Make a card (and/or an ornament) for that person and
deliver it this week.

Josh Kleinfeld