Fourth Sunday of Advent: Peace


For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
will accomplish this.

Isaiah 9:6-7

These days it seems like we’re a far cry from true peace.  Our world is full of senseless violence.  People are fighting.  War wages in different places across the world.  Meanwhile in our homes, we run from one activity to the next leaving little opportunity to catch a breath.  Kids are bickering.  Parents are yelling.  We leave no chance for peace to permeate our lives.

If you come from a more traditional church background, you probably will be lighting the fourth candle on the church’s advent wreath.  Today is the fourth Sunday of Advent.  Many people around the world will be talking about peace.  Today’s verse above talks about an everlasting peace that will come when Christ, the Prince of Peace, returns to rule.  I long for that peace.  May you find a glimmer of peace this season as we anticipate Christ’s return.

Do you crave peace?  How will you pursue peace this week?


Today, I’m hooking up with The Sunday Community.  Hop on over here to see what I’m talking about.