Our world is in a season of unrest. It seems, that no matter the time of day, we are being bombarded with news of violence, suffering, natural disasters and political positioning. If I’m honest, I’m weary of it. I’ve reached that place of wanting to go off to a corner and ignore the devastating realities of the current world. As pastors and leaders it can seem that everyone is looking to us for answers, for the way forward. The temptation to shut off our compassion and humanity is palpable, have you been there? Are you there? Are you, pastor, seeking a moment of peace in this season of Advent?
The task of being aware of what is occurring in our world to lead and to lend support, prayer and compassion is daunting at times. We feel chaos surrounding and questions looming. God where are you? What are you doing? Why are people suffering? The beauty of these questions is that in the Advent season we are answered by God’s great gift, Jesus. As the angels proclaimed to the shepherds, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. “ (Luke 2:10)
We have this gift, this GOOD NEWS of GREAT JOY for ALL PEOPLE to proclaim in the midst of chaos, violence and uncertainty. This advent as we focus on Jesus let us be reminded that he is the promise of peace we are looking for. Isaiah (9:6-7) proclaimed this and it is still true today:
“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.”
Wherever you find yourself today, spend a few moments meditating on our Prince of Peace. Jesus brings to us peace in all circumstances. The suffering, the violence and the chaos do not have to pierce our hearts and minds if we will set them on the one whom we celebrate and expect will return.
My prayer for you is that the peace of Christ will surround your heart and mind bringing clarity and hope to the corners that feel frantic and abandoned. Pastor, as you lead, as people look to you to explain or speak, may the Prince of Peace reign on the throne of your heart and may the peace that comes with the GOOD NEWS of GREAT JOY for ALL PEOPLE be your message.