This is the second week of Advent. I'm not sure we, as a church, do it in the order that everyone else does. But this week is the week we think about Peace.
I have done a lot of thinking about peace this week for various reasons (not the least of which is I get to preach about it on Sunday). God brings us His peace - shalom - wholeness and does so through Jesus Christ.
Why do we need it?
The answer (and a preview for Sunday's sermon) is clear: we have no peace - shalom - wholeness. We have brokenness. There is the fracture of our relationship with God because of sin. There is the brokenness in our relationship with one another. And there is the cracked relationship between us and the rest of Creation.
Brokenness is everywhere. So God brings peace - shalom - wholeness. Right in the midst of the ugliness is this beautiful thought.
Enjoy that this week as we head toward Sunday.