Thursday, Second Week of Advent
He will settle disputes for many peoples.
They will beat their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not take up sword against nation,
nor will they train for war anymore.
Isaiah 2: 4
The closer we get to Christmas, the more the "holiday spirit" captures us. We prepare gifts for friends, yearn to be close to family and share extra smiles with strangers. The Christmas spirit motivates us, inspires us, and gives us joy. But what exactly is this holiday spirit?
What is it that we are preparing for? What is the Christmas season?
'Tis the season for peace and good will; Advent is a time to prepare, to right wrongs, to reflect, to make things right with ourselves and with our God -- to find peace. However, while we are busy making peace in our own lives, it is important to remember those around the world who live with violence and warfare on a daily basis. Often times it becomes all too easy to stop following the news on the war in Iraq. We become disconnected with international events. We think that "world peace" is just a nice idea, but could never happen. Advent provides us a time of reflection and of renewal, a time to rid ourselves of those cynical attitudes and rejuvenate our hope. For Jesus is the Prince of Peace, he comes to bring peace to all nations.
Remember to pray for peace during this holiday season.
Sharon Hakim '06