The second Advent reading that I have prepared for our Church Services.

It's such a privilege to do this during the holiday season. 
A time when we all wish for a little more peace in our lives.   In our world.

What I found so interesting, and really it should not have been a surprise, is my study into the meaning/intent of the original language used in the Biblical texts.  

Like, WORDS y'all.     We don't give them enough attention these days.  
We don't give one another enough attention... in a real, complete FULL way. 

Micah 5:2, 4
"But you, Bethlehem, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times....  He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God.  And they will live securely, for then his greatness will reach to the ends of the earth."    And He will be their peace.

When I think of Peace, I think of Paul, who stated that he could be content in any situation.  Then he proved it while within a jail cell.  This suggests that Peace is unrelated to circumstance.  When I think of peace such as what the world longs for, it feels much more shallow in scope, as merely the absence of any trouble.  Yet, God himself has told us we would have trouble in this world.  Where does your strength and fortress then remain World?  It’s no wonder many look for the calm in all the wrong places and things.  At the surface is where the storm is most chaotic and powerful, but the deeper you go, the calmer the waters.  As Christians we must dive down deeper into Jesus to know His true nature.
The Hebrew bible in its use of "shalom," quite literally translates to "peace."  Is the greeter simply wishing you a life free from any worries or trouble? 
 If you are familiar with Hebrew language, then you know that words go beyond their simple pronunciation.  They convey feeling, emotion, and intent; you are speaking something much more than mere words into a person's life.  Shalom comes from the root verb šālōm meaning to be complete, perfect and full.  Prince of Peace certainly now seems to wholly and accurately describe the personality and ministry of Jesus.  In His darkest hours in the garden, Jesus gave peace to his disciples.  A gift He left for all of us who seek it in these troubled times.   
But in your seeking remember, Jesus doesn’t just represent Peace:  He IS Peace.  

A little Instagram shot from last Christmas featuring my favourite holiday mug. 

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