Our world sure is a troubled place! Every newscast I saw today featured shots of hatred in action: fighting, killing and destruction.
Today was the second Sunday in Advent, and we began the worship service at my church by lighting the second candle representing Peace. (The first candle last week was for Hope.)
There are lots of platitudes about peaceful living, but they might not mean much to people who are mired in turmoil and war. “Where is God,” they ask, “when good people are hurting?”
All I can answer is, “He’s right beside them, hurting, too.” This world isn’t what God intended, it’s what we’ve made it. People are quick to take potshots at others with their words, their hands and their weapons, and the innocent get caught in the crossfire. It’s painful and sinful, and oh, how God’s heart must ache!
In this season of “Peace and Goodwill towards all people” we see random acts of kindness and generosity all around — goodness is emerging in small doses, if only for a few weeks. Would that we could start a movement that would promote peace year ’round.
Why couldn’t we?
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you,
live at peace with everyone.
Make every effort to live in peace
with everyone and to be holy;
without holiness no one will see the Lord.
~ ~ ~