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Advent of Peace


10 December 2023

By Phyllis Gregg, Presiding Bishopric office director

Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish; and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation.

2 Peter 3:14–15a NRSV

Second Sunday of Advent

Several years ago, my husband, our youngest son, and I took a short weekend vacation. One day we were looking for something to do. In the tourist guide, we saw a harbor cruise. It sounded fun so we made our way to the harbor, paid for our tickets, and got on the boat.

At first it was good. We enjoyed being on the water, seeing the shoreline, and exploring the boat. But after about an hour, we started to get bored. It was late afternoon. We were a little tired and honestly couldn’t wait to get off the boat and return to our hotel. However, we were far from where the boat originally was docked. It was going to be at least another hour before we could get off. We started to regret taking the cruise. We found a couple of chairs and quickly immersed ourselves in our phones just waiting, pretty impatiently, for the boat to return.

Without us noticing, it started to get dark. I was the first to get up from my chair and look out over the edge of the boat. It took my breath away. The shimmer on the water was so incredibly beautiful, and as we came around a corner, the lights on the shoreline were mesmerizing. It was so peaceful and calming. We couldn’t have imagined what lay ahead. Despite our impatience, the end was better than we could have imagined.

In the scripture passage from 2 Peter, the people were impatient. What was taking so long for Christ to return? The world was getting difficult and arduous. Surely, it was time to get off. Peter is quick to remind that God’s time is not necessarily our time.

It’s the same reminder Advent provides. Wait. Trust in the journey. Trust in God. What is to come will be better than we ever could have imagined.

Prayer Phrase

“And the peace of God…will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).

Spiritual Practice

Praying for Peace

Praying for peace is a daily Community of Christ spiritual practice. This Advent season we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the prayer for peace. Bring a candle to your prayer space. Greet God, light the candle, and sit quietly, looking at this symbol of God’s light and Christ’s peace. Slowly read the Prayer for Peace in today’s Daily Bread, silently or aloud. Sit in silence again. What images and desires for peace come to your heart and mind? Speak or write your own prayer for peace. Close your prayer and blow out your candle.

Today’s Prayer for Peace

Engage in a daily practice of praying for peace in our world. Click here to read today’s prayer and be part of this practice of peace.

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