Sunday, December 6, 2015

peace this advent


confession.
i didn't learn that there was another 
shooting in our country until thursday night.  
i somehow missed it.  
the hum and blur of life keeping the news 
of the tragedy from my ears and eyes.  

but then i heard, and my heart shattered.  
fear set in. 
like it it did three or so weeks ago when the paris' tragedy 
felt so very close to home. 
hearing while home on US soil when
meant to be there on way back from brussels.

today our family was invited to light the advent candle 
and lead the reading at this morning's service. 
a christmas advent reading that today on the 2nd sunday of advent 
is so very close to our heart, our lives, our country, our world.  
dear lord please we pray for peace.

today's reading...

Our Advent journey is blessed with PEACE.
Much like the people of Israel who knew hardship and years of strife, the world we live in is
filled with conflict. All around us are signs of anger, hatred, greed and distrust. Personal
relationships, communities and entire nations are damaged by a lack of tolerance,
understanding and compromise. Peace is something we long to experience, but at times it
seems to be an unattainable dream. However, Isaiah spoke of one a righteous one who would
bring peace.

From the book of ISAIAH
The wolf shall dwell with the lamb and the leopard shall lie down with the goat, and the calf
and the lion and the yearling together, and a little child shall lead them.

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