(*This was written but for some reason not published on Sunday).
As I sat down to write this blog, I clicked onto social media and saw the news that President Obama had intervened on the pipeline situation, denying permit for access through the land. Another way had to be found. This happened on the second Sunday of Advent, Peace Sunday, where John the Baptist is crying out to prepare the way of the Lord. The voice of one crying out in the wilderness was heard then and now. The Standing Rock Sioux tribe, the Water Protectors, and their allies cried out and a path shall take a different route. These are the miracles of Advent, of hope, and of peace.
Peace comes in strange and wonderful ways, through the oddest of voices being raised at times. This week the challenge will be for me to speak peace when I want to utter anything but. I want to prepare the way of the Lord this week by stepping out of my comfort zone if need be to intervene when it may not be popular, to welcome as Christ would welcome me, and to be led by a little child. Bearers of Peace is the call this week. We can raise our voices to bring peace to a world that waits in darkness.
How will you cry out this week on behalf of peace? Is there a family relationship that needs healing? Does a situation at work need some serene intervention? Do you need to spend more time in prayer for your own inner peace? What deeds will you do to bring Light to the darkness?
Have you ever participated in an act of civil disobedience for the sake of peace?
What concrete action will you take on behalf of Peace this week?
God of steadfastness and encouragement, give strength to our voices as we shout Prepare the Way of the Lord! Help us to bring peace in each step, each word, and each deed. Amen.