The second candle on the Advent wreath has been lit. It is the Peace Candle. Our OT reading from Isaiah gave us a vision of peace. The image of wolf and lamb living together; of the calf and the lion feeding together is a picture of all of nature in harmony with each other. Even our Psalter reading evokes the yearning for peace. The writer of Psalm 72 says, “Let the mountains bring peace to the people.” Peace. Peace.
And yet our Gospel lesson, appears at first glance, to be a passage of a stirring up; of asking folks to look within themselves and repent of their wrong doing. John declares that there is One to come will sift the wheat from the husks and throw the husks into the fire. Where is the peace in John’s message?
On Friday our Advent study focused on peace. We examined passages in Scripture that spoke about peace. As we look at those passages, such as II Corinthians 13: 11 and Mark 9:50, as well as many others, we discussed how these passages describe the Peace With God, Peace With Ourselves and Peace With Others. There were several key points that were made. One was that true peace is a free gift from God to each of us who seek him. If we want peace within us, we must first seek God. Without peace within us, we cannot be at peace with others.
There is an old Christmas legend that God called the angelic choir together and asked them to practice a song that they would sing only once. They practiced and practiced until the song was perfected. God came to them and told them it was ready. So, in skies above the field outside Bethlehem, they began their song “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace among those God favors.” When the angels returned to heaven, God told them while they could hum the tune, they could not sing it again. It was a one -time only performance. When one angel asked why, God said, “Because my Son has been born and now earth must do the singing.” And are not the songs of this season, songs of hope, of love, joy and peace. Are we not called to be the peacemakers? Are we not called to let peace start with us? Do we not ask God to help us be the peacemakers not only during Advent but throughout the year?
See you Sunday for the rest of the story!!!
For the complete scriptures for this week I urge you to look at: Isaiah 11:1 -10, Psalm 72; Romans 15: 4 -13; Matthew 3: 1 -12
Schedule for Communion on the Charge is usually thus:
1st Sunday: Capon Chapel 1 pm
2nd Sunday: Central 9:30 am
3rd Sunday: Capon Bridge 11 am
4th Sunday: North River Mills 1 pm
We are moving forward , spreading the Gospel of love and grace. Will you not join us in this effort? The rewards are heavenly! See you Sunday, Alanna