Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Sunday, December 7th- Four Words of Advent: PEACE

These four weeks of Advent we will be exploring the four words we proclaim each Advent season: hope, peace, joy, and love. We will be looking at in particularly what these words means for us as a Christian people. These words are hard to grab hold of when we are encountering difficult circumstances. The beauty of Advent is that we can have hope, peace, love, and joy in the midst of troubling circumstances. This is the unexpected reality we embrace during this season.

This week we will be looking at the word peace. Jesus said "my peace I leave you, my peace I give you..." What does it mean for us to embrace this word: peace?

The word "peace" translates in Hebrew "Shalom." Shalom was an integral word to the Jewish people. When someone would say Shalom to you they were speaking God's peace upon you. What does it mean to be at peace or to have peace? Many of us might assume having peace translates into not having any problems. If that is the case then we might not ever have peace. Some might say that it is an absence of conflict where two sides are choosing not to fight. For the Jewish people and for us the word goes much deeper. To have Shalom means to be complete and whole. Jesus has come to give us peace. Jesus has come to mend that which is broken. Jesus has come to complete us. God's peace is GOOD NEWS for us. God is putting us back together. He reshaping us in his love. Not only is he reshaping us he is mending our broken relationships. Looking forward to exploring the depths of this word and the possibilities it holds for our lives!