Adventish – The Second Candle

I’ve decided to call it “Advent-ish” because let’s face it… I’m not following the rules. I know, big surprise. Haven’t you ever heard of the difference between “The spirit of the law and the letter of the law?”

Lest you judge me for my less than traditional advent wreath {I’m using my wooden bowl Brian and Shianti brought me from Haiti} and my red candles {purple doesn’t go well with my decor}, let me share with you how this second week of Advent is preparing me for Christmas.

The second candle is the candle of Peace.

Today I had the honor of giving the message at a women’s Bible Study for The River Church on… yup… peace. To be quite honest, I wasn’t feeling any peace about what I had prepared {6 different versions}. It wasn’t until I got there and saw their beautiful faces and talked to a few of the women when the Peace of God came through for me.

Peace is something we look for this time of year and it often eludes us. While we talk about Christmas NOT being about the stuff and focusing on the real meaning {Jesus} we still have a tendency to get lost in the noise clanging in our heads and the distractions all around us. Peace at Christmas is coming to the realization of what those Angels in Luke 2 told the Shepherds:

“Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests.”

We light candles, we take baths, we get manicures and pedicures, we go for walks… all things I’m down for… in an attempt to find peace or to feel peaceful. But here’s the thing: If you call yourself a follower of Christ, His peace rests on you. You don’t have to look for it in order to receive it because you already have it. But you do have to look for it in order to walk in it.

Mary, in her unexpected, teenage, outside of marriage pregnancy raised a boy and watched Him change the world until the day He took His last breath on the cross. And as it was told to her, a sword pierced her soul as she watched Him suffer the wrath that you and I deserve. No mother could possibly bear to watch this unfold and yet I have to believe through it all, she had peace.

The very peace of God that surpasses all understanding is what kept her at His feet and led her to the upper room with the disciples. It is what kept her right in the middle of the movement of God, even after He was gone from this earth.

Peace is what made shepherds drop everything in the middle of the night and run to a barn in the middle of town to see a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths.

Peace is what caused 3 mystics from the east to follow a star, go around an angry king and risk their lives to bow down and worship the One who was promised.

Peace is what drew a widow to the temple every single day until she was 84 years old to tarry for the One she longed would come and bring redemption to her people.

Peace is what kept an old man alive until he could hold that baby in his arms and see Who would responsible for the falling and rising of many.

Peace doesn’t mean a bad situation will always turn out well. Peace means that regardless of how bad things get, it is well.

When an unexpected movement of God takes place, we have to remember the words spoken to the Shepherds, to Mary, to Zechariah.

“Do not be afraid.”

God is on the move. He goes before you and works on your behalf. We see the visible, He sees the invisible. And as we wait with hope and walk in peace, we can be sure that in this space between the first and second advents, amidst the already and the not yet, there is not one person or thing outside of the scope of His redemption.

Peace be with you.

9 thoughts on “Adventish – The Second Candle

  1. I love all your bog posts but I think this is my favorite so far. You explain what the peace of the Lord has done and is doing in such a beautiful way.

    Thanks Suzie!

  2. Pingback: Adventish – the Fourth Candle « Suzie Lind

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