How was your first week of advent? Were you able to find some hope? I’m praying you did! This week changes our focus towards peace.
It feels kind of elusive, doesn’t it? In this frantic and hectic season, it seems difficult to stop and find peace.
As I sit to write this, I’m remembering the prayer of peace a dear friend prayed over me this morning. She wanted peace for me that was not of this world. But a peace that only comes from sitting in the presence of God.
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 14:27
Peace is not as hard to find as we fear. We must enter into peace as we seek Jesus this advent season. We cannot give ourselves peace. As much as I long to find peace on my own, I can’t. I can search and search and it will never come.
God’s Gift for Us
Peace is a gift of God to us. The reminder I’ve had this week is that peace comes in ways we may never have expected. It comes through moments that remind us of God’s love. Did you see my reflections on Choosing REAL by Bekah Pogue? That very sweet book reminded me that God proves sweet breaths of peace when I take in his presence in my day to day. When you remember to look for moments that allow you to pause.
In her book, Bekah talks about taking advantage of special moments to pause. She talks of dance parties in the kitchen while making dinner. Walking through the leaves on a fall day. Providing encouragement for a friend who needs a sweet word.
Those things all help us enter into peace. To enter into the moments that God provides for us to pause. Breathe deep. And remember that Jesus is the reason that we actually have peace during this advent season.
So, how do you enter into peace this advent? Take a moment to pause. As we’re developing traditions for Sarabeth, we’ve thought a lot about what we actually want to do. There are many things that are good and right. But really, you must find what works for you and your family! Don’t get caught up in the trap of comparison.
Give yourself permission to explore what works best for your family. Find little moments to celebrate. Make moments to celebrate this season that don’t feel stressful. Pop some popcorn and watch Frosty the Snowman. Read Christmas stories with your child. Sit by candlelight and share the story of the birth of Jesus.
You don’t have to do all the things. There are so many things to distract us from the true meaning of advent. Let the things you do drive you towards Jesus this season rather than further away.