The Weight and Wait of Advent 

“The prophets spoke of the grace that was to come to you… Angels long to look into these things” 1 Pet. 1:10-11

Waiting for Peace

     The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. (Isa. 9:2). Heavenly Father, the season of Advent reminds us you have hard-wired us with hope. We deeply crave good things—grace-gifts only you can provide. On this Monday, we acknowledge how much we long for peace. The darkness of our world in 2020, and the darkness in our own hearts, have intensified this craving.

The dawn of the darkness-dispelling light began with a star appearing to shepherds on a hill. For them, and “for all the people,” good news of great joy was proclaimed. With the birth of Jesus, the gift of your permanent favor arrived, bringing peace on earth, and peace in us. Hallelujah!

    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 (Isa. 9:6). Everything we need and want—the Jesus-shaped hope in our hearts, is being filled with the richness of your truth and grace.

We have peace with you now, because of Jesus. And we will enjoy the fullness of peace on earth at his return, because “Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this” (Isa. 9:7). Hallelujah, and so very amen we pray, in Jesus’ most glorious name.