Advent Week 2 – Candle of Peace

Candle of Peace

Righteousness and peace will kiss. Psalm 85:10

Let us prepare the way of the Lord as we prepare our hearts, minds and lives to work for peace.  What are the mountains to be made low and the valleys to be filled in?

“The four Sundays of Advent are represented by hope, peace, joy, and love. Together these
ideas are the major components of the Hebrew word shalom, which is translated as peace but has a deeper meaning that gets at the total well-being of the person and the community. So even if there is no war raging, a community or a person cannot be said to be living in shalom if they are starving, dying of AIDS, unable to get clean water, in danger of contracting malaria for lack of a mosquito net, or unable to get the skills they need to better their lives and their communities. God places a high priority on the total well-being of creation. As we turn toward and choose to trust God, we get in line with God’s priorities, which means we can’t ignore injustice wherever we find it on whatever scale. It means we must relearn priorities of caring for our neighbors, our environment, and ourselves as God has commissioned us to do.”  from “Advent, Why We Celebrate It,”  a downloadable study on The Thoughtful Christian.

About Sonja Roberts Dalglish

I love people, math, physics, and theology. I love mysteries which may explain the list above. I am a polio survivor, having had the disease in August 1954. The vaccine was declared safe in April 1955. I am very pro vaccines. They have increased the health and well being of the world. Presently, I am living just west of Corpus Christi, in Kingsville. For naturalists, this seems to be where the coastal plane and the Wild Horse Dessert meet. It is flat which gives us beautiful sunsets. One of our concerns is climate change. We are already hot and dry and getting hotter and dryer. The cattlemen and women are having to graze fewer livestock these days.
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