This the second Sunday of Advent, and, we get (woohoo!) to light the second candle on our advent wreath, which represents peace.
Here's what the angels came declaring to the shepherds that star-filled night of Christ's birth:
"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased (Luke 2:14)."
On that one night, Peace was born. It didn't take long for the world to try to wipe Him out. We say we long for "peace on earth." We hear those words often, in our war-filled world. Yet, it makes me wonder if we really want it? Why do we, the human race, continue to stir up the proverbial hornets nest? Are we afraid of Peace? Perhaps...perhaps, so! Here's what seemed to pop into my mind as I began to ponder peace: To want peace contradicts our desire for control! One of our greatest fears is being out of control. Yet, peace is only found in surrender - surrender to the Prince of Peace, Jesus.
Surrender is God's invitation to contentment and everlasting peace.
Truly, there will be no "peace on earth" until the Prince of Peace returns at His second Advent, and every knee bows and every tongue proclaims Him Lord! Advent is near!