Advent Devotional: Sunday, December 9

Andrea East

Second Week of Advent: Peace
Sunday, December  9, 2012
Light the Candle of Peace


Have you ever thought about what it would be like to be completely at peace? Peace of mind, peace with your family and friends, peace at work, peace through trials and tribulations…the list goes on and on. There are many aspects of our lives where we desire peace, beg for it, even, but are too busy fretting to notice that it’s right before us. God places peace in our lives daily. He knows that we require it to live out our lives on Earth, because, without it, we are quickly thrown into turmoil. The tricky part is actually seeing the tranquility amongst the disorder.

As a junior in high school I had a lot on my mind, like; grades, where I would be going to college and being a good secretary for my FFA chapter, but, something extra was burdening my mind this particular morning. My mother would be entering surgery to remove the cancer-inducing polyps in her colon while I was in class, and all I could do was sit and wait for the news. My cousin and her mother drove me to school every day, and while I was fidgeting nervously in the back seat, something through the front windshield caught my eyes. I looked up to see a rainbow in an otherwise dreary sky. Immediately, I thought of God’s promise to Noah and his family after the great flood, and how He placed a rainbow in the sky as a sign of His covenant to men. An overwhelming peace enveloped me as I watched it, and for the rest of the day I was content, not fearing for my mother’s safety, because I knew that God was with her.

Where is your rainbow this Advent season? Where will you find peace amongst the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping and traveling to see family members? Don’t forget to thank God for the peace in your lives, and just as importantly, don’t pass it up.

John 14:27 - "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid."