Scripture: Luke 24:36

Every time Jesus appears to the Disciples after the Resurrection, he says, “Peace be with you.” And often when a healing occurred in Jesus’ ministry, he said, “Your faith has made you well; go in peace.” Paul tells us in Romans, “So far as it depends upon you, live peaceably with all.”

The way of our faith is peace. When we do not act in peace, we do not act in the way of our faith, nor do we honor the teachings and ministry of Jesus the Christ.

As we prepare for Christ’s birth, we are preparing for Christ to come again, to enter our lives and our world in a new way. To prepare for Christ is to make the way for peace. We have read so many passages this Advent season of God’s peace, like a child leading the people, the lamb lying down with the wolf and the calf lying down with the lion, the wilderness being made a highway for God, the uneven ground becoming level and the rough places a plain. And of course, as mentioned in an earlier devotion, the wonderful words from Luke 1 about the one who will guide our feet into the way of peace. We are preparing for a life, a way, that begins and ends with peace.

How are you living into the peace of Christ? Where are you forgiving and seeking forgiveness, where are you healing and seeking healing for yourself? Where are you caring for others and embracing the outcast? Seek peace, and pursue it, the Psalmist says.

Prince of Peace, call us away from judging others and fueling anger. Call us away from hating and unforgiveness. Call us instead to walk Your ways of love, justice and peace. In the name of Christ we pray. Amen.

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