I light the candle of Peace.
And I long for it to burn fiercely.

If I look at history, or current world affairs, peace seems illusive, a wonderful sentiment this time of year, and one I love to use on my Christmas cards.

For while we sit in our comfortable homes, and enjoy warmth and good food I am also more aware of those around the world who have so much less.  I think of the stories I’ve read this week about Allepo and other parts of the world.  My electronics bring the world into my living space and there are scenes I can’t erase from my mind.

We’ve all endured the troubled times of the US election, and even us Canadians have felt the angst, the division, and the uncertainty of our future.  I think of Standing Rock today, where 500 faith leaders will join the peaceful protesters, and no matter what “side” you are on, there doesn’t seem to be any peaceful solutions, but a war of wills.

And just the preceding paragraph will ignite passion no matter what side you are on.  People in families, sitting down to eat Christmas dinner and many deeply divided.

Peace on Earth? It seems a scarce commodity.

I love that Bible verse from Romans 12 which says: “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” 

Yes, peace begins with me.  I light my candle and join it to yours.

There are many glimmers of hope, and I am grateful for faith.

And so I sang with gusto this morning:

“He is our Peace… who has broken down every wall!
Cast all your Care on Him… for He cares for you!”

The song refers to Jesus, of course, also known as the Prince of Peace.  He came as a little baby, helpless, in an upside down world.  God’s ways are not ours, and I’m grateful there is a greater picture, and a promise of Peace for all time.

That is where faith comes in.

And in the meantime, I light this candle.  I choose to live a life of peace.

Peace to you, in this special Advent Season.

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