Advent Blog Week 2: Peace
“Peace I leave you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27
What is your definition of Peace? What would Peace look like for you?
This week I think of Mary and what it must have been like for her. Can you imagine learning that you’re pregnant without being married in a time where women are stoned to death for such offenses?
If I put myself in her shoes I would be nervous and anxious about telling Joseph about the pregnancy and what will happen once the information is out in the open. Will stoning be the punishment? Surely, Joseph won’t want to marry now.
We all know that’s not how the story ends. Mary says yes to having the baby, Joseph says yes to accepting the baby as his own, even though it’s not, and no one is the wiser. Meaning Mary and Joseph get married and the community believes the baby is part of their marriage.
When I think of this situation I think about the courage it must have taken to fulfill the task of bringing Jesus into the world. And yet, we know that Mary and Joseph had a peace about the situation and trusted in God to provide.
I believe this is the Peace John is talking about in this passage. It’s a peace that defies the norms of the world. We are told we will have Peace, not that we’ll be free of adversity. Peace in the face of adversity. Hmm! Can it be that polar opposites can balance out to bring Peace?
Can you think of a time when you faced adversity and yet you knew everything would work out for the best?
How did you know everything would work out?
Where did you feel Peace in your body?
Do you believe we can have Peace in a world filled with conflict?
We are being asked to give the conflict, give the adversity to our God and in return, we’ll have Peace.
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