I think perhaps Peace is the hardest of the all the Christmas promises to experience. Maybe it’s cultural…perhaps we have bought into a Christmas season that is all about doing everything, being everywhere and meeting demands for everything and everyone.
I’ve been thinking about hurricanes and storms lately. It doesn’t take much looking around the world, our community or even our lives to be confronted with the noise, fear and carnage of storms.
How’s a person to have peace in such a beat up, stressed out, broken down place?
Peace I give you; peace I leave with you. I do not give as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27
Today as I’ve sat to write the words whispering in my heart are the eye of the hurricane.
In a terrible storm, in the centre closest to the worst of winds and damage there is an eye – an eye that opens all the way to the top and beyond. While the storm can be so all-encompassing there is no way to view through it, there is an opening that widens as it ascends.
In that eye there are blue skies, low wind, peaceful conditions.
It’s danced like a song in my heart today – a promise of peace in the midst of the storm.
A place of safety where the blue of heaven touches the dust of earth.
A place that widens and opens out as it ascends.
And in the song are the words that sustain and give life to peace.
This is no fleeting peace – it is a life-giving, anchoring peace, peace that quiets my heart and settles around my shoulders like a korowai (cloak), a mantle of peace that I can shelter inside when the storms rage.
I am sitting with these words – like the heavens entered earth via the eye of the storm. Because the world has never been free from storms, from noise, from violence.
But….into the storm came the Prince of Peace.
He dwelt with us in the storm. He remains with us in the storm and he will be our Peace.
Today my Advent word for myself is PEACE.
Peace that cannot be measured,
peace that passes human understanding,
peace that abides,
peace that will come again,
peace that will reign.
Today, as you anticipate Advent may you have Peace.
Peace that dwells in your heart.
Peace that surrounds like a cloak.
Peace that sustains.
Peace to you today, dear beloved one.