Last Sunday we lit the first Advent candle, the candle of HOPE. We light it again as we remember the hope we have that Christ will fulfill all of God's promises to us.
Today, on this second Sunday of Advent, we light the candle of PEACE. As we prepare for the coming of Jesus, we remember that Jesus is our hope and our peace.
From the prophet Isaiah:
“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 9:6-7)
And from the Gospel of John the words of Jesus:
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)
Gracious God, grant that we may find peace as we prepare for our Lord’s birth. Where there is division or turmoil or stress, may Your peace fill those areas. May there be peace in our cities and in the countries of our world. Help us to remember that you only are the giver of lasting peace. Fill our hearts today with Your peace. Amen.
Advent narratives provided by Dallas First Church of the Nazarene