Advent Devotional: Friday, December 9

Justin Johnson

Second Week of Advent:  Peace 
Friday, December 9, 2011

Peace is something we may struggle to find as we enter the Advent season.  With gifts to buy, parties to plan, and meals to cook, it becomes difficult to slow down and find peace.  However, one scripture that allows me to reflect on the meaning of peace during this time comes from Isaiah 9:6 which reads, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given and the government will be on his shoulders.  And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”  We find such powerful names for our Savior in this verse, although it’s the last name that stands out to me during this season.

Living in a house with seven other guys creates an obvious environment of chaos.  With everyone on different schedules, making sure your food does not get eaten, and just trying to get homework done, it becomes a struggle to find any peace during this season.  Still, when I read that verse and reflect on what peace means to me, I begin to find my own sense of peace.  Knowing that my Savior is not only a bringer of peace, but the Prince of Peace, instills a sense of calmness over me knowing that He IS Peace.  While I may get busy with my classes, work, and even my own house, it is refreshing to know that I can confide in Him to find peace.  This Advent season, with the hustle and bustle of shopping season, take time to reflect on what Prince of Peace means to you.  May you find the same peace I find in Him.  Happy Advent Season and God bless you!