...and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
The messengers lit up the night sky in front of the shepherds, and they proclaimed:
"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward humankind.” What a vision for the world! God reigns, and peace and goodness come as a result.
It’s ok if you don’t believe that sometimes. Advent is the season of looking up and looking out again, even if it’s into a dark night sky. It’s a chance to renew our hope in a God who has come to make the world right.
And making the world right is the core concept of this year’s theme. Peace, or Shalom, is a robust word in the Bible. Shalom means that wholeness is present. It means that what has been broken is being healed. It means that things are right. And things desperately need to be made right. In our hearts, our minds, our relationships, and our societies.
The above paragraphs are from my introduction toLifePath's 2023 Advent booklet. Every year we gather submissions from across our church family, as we reflect together on our theme. This year, the theme is Moving Toward Peace. People have written stories, scriptural reflections, poetry, and insights for us all to experience together each day of Advent, which started on Sunday. They are honest and eclectic perspectives on peace, borne out of honest wrestling with Jesus. And every year I pause my Together for Good weekly writings to amplify other voices of encouragement.
If you'd like to join along with us this month and you're not an active part of LifePath Church, you are absolutely invited to share in it. Together for Good reflections will resume in January.
Here's the downloadable link to the PDF version of our booklet.
Jesus is coming. Watch and wait!