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.