Reflecting on Advent 2015, The Way of Peace for You
In these last moments of Advent, let a small part of Matthew sit with your heart. Matthew 5:9 says “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.”
Consider this. The peace that comes to you when you see the God in others knowing the God in you. Peace that fills a space where angry emotion could have reigned. Peace that flows when you do for others without any expectation of repayment or acknowledgement. Peace that happens when you address injustice and hate. Peace that comes with the awe of seeing God in creations.
These weeks of Advent heart searching have guided us through many moments of contemplating the way of peace and a way closer to God. Think of the random acts of kindness made in week 1, the love notes and hearts of peace in week 2, our stockings of joy in week 3 and different ways to bring about peace noted in week 4 as well as our own special gifts of peace.
A call for action. A new year is beginning and peacemaking is needed in this world – in our families, our workplaces, our schools, our communities, our government, and our churches. After the tinsel has been packed away, how do we keep this yearning for peace we have cultivated and discoveries of our heart we have uncovered this Advent season alive in our every day? How does the intimacy with God in these dark days of winter transcend the Christmas season?
The answers will vary for everybody. Did you make notes in the devotional? Did you journal about things that pierced your heart this Advent? Reviewing the activities you have done, the movies you have watched, the books you have read, what comes to you as your way of peace for 2016? Still not sure? A great place to begin the search is on Easter’s website. There are so many ways to find the way of peace in serving each other and our community.
Commit, in this stillness, to answering God’s call for peacemakers. Mary and Joseph didn’t know all that was to unfold by saying yes to God. How could they ever imagine? What could enfold if you say yes to God too? Can you even imagine?