Sunday, December 9, 2012

Advent: Peace: Sunday

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”  
-- Luke 2:14
Peace is the second topic of our spiritual journey. Light the first two purple Advent candles together.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6

Peace is one the greatest gift the Lord has brought to us. In the verse above, the prophet Isaiah helps us to recognize the peace we will have open Christ’s arrival, and goes on to proclaim the glory and majesty of who He is and His purpose for coming.

Wonderful Counselor points to the Messiah as King—a king who will direct and guide, and carry out a plan of action—but also One the world will know as loving and compassionate. One who cares about each and every one of us and the smallest details of our lives.

Mighty God refers to His divine power. He spoke, and the earth, sun, moon, and stars come into being. He parted the seas, stopped the waves, and performed miracles that we talk about to this very day.
Everlasting Father indicates that His grace and mercy are never ending, and that He will never leave us or forsake us. Ever.

Prince of Peace reminds us that only through Jesus Christ we will have true peace of mind and soul. Faith in Christ brings peace with the Father, and it is on believers that God’s favor of peace will rest.
Take a moment now to discuss and think about these elements of God’s nature, and why we have peace in His completeness.

Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, we praise You for Your glory and majesty this day and always. We thank You for Your comfort, guidance, and provision. May we be ever mindful of who You are. We make this prayer in Jesus’ name. 

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