When Peace is Personal…

When we think of the antonym of peace we might think first of the word, “war.” After all, there is a movie with my favorite actress, Audrey Hepburn, of that name, “War and Peace.” 
         The movie was based on Leo Tolstoy’s novel recounting the French invasion of Russia. The book is a history piece but also part fiction. Tolstoy himself said once it was really a philosophical book. Although there are different accounts of the philosophy of war and battle the book digs deep into the personal quest for peace and purpose in some of the main characters like Pierre. 
        The book and movie explore motivations in life and what brings about real peace within. As we enter into this second week of Advent the word we will focus on is the word, “peace.” As Christians, we often think of accomplishing world peace and the end to all war. Just last week we read from Isaiah and his prophecy that swords would be turned into plowshares. This is certainly a desire and prayer and hope for those who follow the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ. This advent we are also called to pray the hymn, “Let there be peace on earth” whose second line is, “Let there be peace on earth AND 
Let it begin with me!” As we pray and hope for peace in the world we are called first to find peace within our personal lives. 
         The Bible gives us a key to how we can do this….let Christ rule in our hearts. Before Jesus left earth he stated these words as recorded in John 14:27, “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.” John reminds us that personal peace begins with the peace that Christ has to offer which helps us to not be troubled or afraid. This week I pray that Christ may be your peace! This week may peace not simply be something we pray and project for others or the world but may it be something we hold in our own hearts. Knowing that when we do a small piece of heaven is found on earth. 

See you this Sunday, 
Pastor Audrey