Advent Candles: Peace
This year, the Luke 14 Blog has decided to take a closer look at the advent candles and how their traditional meaning relates to disabilities and disability ministry. For the final week, Larry Vonesh helps us examine the Peace candle.
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But, take heart; “I have overcome the world.””
When you think of words to describe the world that we live in, does the word “peace” come to your mind? Would “peace” even be on your top ten list? How about your list, at all?
Pick up any newspaper (Some of you may be wondering, “What’s a Newspaper?”), read a blog, newsfeed, or watch the evening news (not recommended) and you are sure to hear and see the violence, theft, murder, destruction, lies and deceptions that make up the world we live in. In fact, you don’t even have to step out of the door of your home to witness it first hand- stress, whines, cries, screams, strife, disagreements, fights and quarrels. I can still hear my mom saying, “Can’t we have 5 minutes of peace?”
Sorry Mom, but in ourselves we can never have peace. Peace was lost and tribulation began when our father and mother (Adam and Eve) believing a lie took the bite from the forbidden fruit and we continue in their legacy, today.
However, in the midst of this “tribulation” God because of His amazing grace, humbly came as a baby who would grow up to “’overcome the world” with his life, death, burial and resurrection to give us peace!
Do you want peace?
“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
-Philippians 4: 7
Repent and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and He will give you peace!
May “The LORD bless you and keep you,:
the LORD make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the LORD lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.”
Jesus Christ, the LORD, The Great “I AM” has come to give us peace!
And We Rejoice!