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Second Sunday of Advent – Peace

2007 December 9
by Julie Clawson

Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God. – Matthew 5:9

Are we peacemakers? This Second Sunday of Advent our theme is Peace. Last week we focused on hope and how we can be the incarnation of that hope to those around us who are hurting. This week as we turn to look at Peace, we see that one way that we can bring that hope into the world is to be peacemakers.

Peace as a term is trendy at Christmas. But often it remains just that – a cute phrase to put on our holiday cards – “Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men.” But how often do we actively work at bringing that peace on earth? Are we peacemakers in our own families? Do we work to heal family strife or do we let our prejudices bring discord? Do we get upset at friends and neighbors who don’t celebrate the holidays for the “right reasons” or do we work to build community with everyone? Do we refer to people in other countries with contempt and ridicule or do we speak of them as our brothers and sisters?

Peace on earth starts with us, with our attitudes towards others. Our words convey the attitude of our hearts and create either a culture of peace or a culture of hate within our homes. Sometimes it is hard to tell which attitude is being promoted as our words speak of peace but our actions promote discord. I like the questions Willie Nelson asks in his song “What Ever Happened to Peace on Earth?” –

So I guess it’s just
Do unto others before they do it to you
Let’s just kill em’ all and let God sort em’ out
Is this what God wants us to do?

If we stop loving our neighbor as ourselves and forget to treat everyone with the same respect and love we would desire for ourselves there can be no peace on earth. To write “Peace on Earth” on our Christmas cards and then refuse to speak to that certain family member over the holidays or to teach our children to hate another people group stands in the way of true peacemaking. The way of peace requires a shift in how we view everything.

We must be the peacemakers. We are the ones who can bring peace on earth. But it is way more than a cute seasonal phrase, it’s about the very attitudes of our hearts.

So this holiday season let us make the term “Peace on Earth” mean something. Let us be active peacemakers.

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6 Responses leave one →
  1. December 9, 2007

    Johannine Advent and Willie Nelson tags, all in one post. Love it.

    paul soupiset

  2. December 10, 2007

    thanks Julie, your post reminds me of U2’s poignant song of the same name.

  3. December 10, 2007

    i love the U2 song, I used that one in church last year for advent, so had to go with Willie nelson this year…

  4. December 9, 2012

    Beautiful thoughts put into words, Julie. Gave me a time to reflect on the whole year about making peace in my family and praying to Baby Jesus especially for all those who still need inner peace and peace in the world. I shared your views on my cover page on Facebook. Thank you. :) Merry, peaceful and a blessed Christmas!!!

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