The Second Sunday of Advent is the Sunday of Peace. It seems almost in poor taste to talk about peace these days. We have another shooting war in Europe, the usual hot spots in the rest of the world are continuing to try to solve things by killing, political partisanship and populism seem to be taking over civil discourse, and we are all well aware of disputes in our various circles. Why talk about peace?
I am talking about peace because the Bible gives us a dramatic image of what peace will look like eventually; Isaiah paints the word pictures of lions and lambs hanging out, children playing with venomous snakes, and everything at peace. I’m not talking about current reality, Isaiah is looking into the future. Why talk about peace?
I am talking about peace because even when we can’t impose peace on warring countries we can be at peace with ourselves and our communities. I hope the sermons help you to see, you can be at peace with yourself and others without giving up who you are or what you believe. Peace isn’t formed on the basis of being identical but rather in holding enough things in common to allow us to be at peace with each other.