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Scripture

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.

Colossians 3:15

Comment

The second Sunday in Advent is often associated with the theme of peace.

Peace can mean a state of tranquillity, calm and the absence of anxiety. HMMM, that challenges me as I think of ‘all that needs to get done’ before Christmas Day.

Peace can mean the absence of conflict. Christmas is a time when families come together, and maybe it’s just our family, but there are usually tensions and sometimes arguments once we’ve been together for a few days.

Ultimately, peace is an expression of our intimate relationship with God. Thanks to the forgiveness and grace brought by Jesus we can ALWAYS rest in this peace with God. This is something I am deeply grateful for.

The reality of life is that there are some things that rob us of our peace. It’s at those times that I find it particularly helpful to talk with my husband, to discuss the deeper issues. Then we can pray, handing the situation over to God, trusting him with the outcome. For me, peace is linked to trusting God.

This week talk together about: what drains your sense of peace? What restores your peace?

Prayer (as a couple)

Lord Jesus, we are so grateful that you are our Prince of Peace. Thank you that we can trust you in all circumstances. Please give us a deep sense of your peace in our hearts, our marriages and our families this Christmas, in the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.

Prayer (for others)

Heavenly Father, we pray for … and … Please help them to receive your peace this Christmas time. Help them to know that peace and to trust you whether their circumstances change or not. We pray in Jesus name, Amen.

Final Quote

“Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.”

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