Each week of advent, Doug Smith (former lead pastor), will be sharing a reflection with our church community. This week's reflection is on peace.
It’s just too easy. With a simple swipe of our thumb, the mess of the world comes crashing in. Images are burned into our brains, stories stoke us to a fearful edge and who knows how many untruths rattle and roll us into anger or despair.
Far be it from me to attempt a lecture here. With my phone resting comfortably at my side I won’t do it; but neither will I deny its undeniable impact. So much of our Internet scrolling brings us to the brink of the worst in our world; unconscionable wars, nuclear threats and economic shakedowns. It’s enough to rob us of our peace. But is it?
We must be careful here; as Christ-bearers our peace should never be surrendered. In fact quite the opposite, it should permeate us to the point of making us smell good.
2 Corinthians 2:15
Our offering to God is this: We are the sweet smell of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are being lost.
One sacred whiff brought the shepherds running and the angels singing, "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests." (Luke 2:14). Christ’s peace in us, on us and around us; it transcends a broken world and offers a way through its fearful mess. Jesus was born for it; He is the world’s hope, our hope for sleepless nights.
On this second Sunday of Advent, rest your phone, light a candle, repeat and receive the promise of this passage.
Peace I leave with 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.