For a child has been born for us,
a son given to us;
authority rests upon his shoulders,
and he is named
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. ~ Isaiah 9:6
As Christmas draws near, this might be one of the first verses we think about when thinking of peace.
What does it mean that we have a Prince of Peace?
A prince who brings us calm and stillness?
A prince who calls us away from violence?
A prince who calls us to serve others?
A prince who calls us to love?
But this prince isn't just one who proclaims peace. This prince is one who is peace itself.
And this prince comes with authority.
Over and over we in this world talk about waging peace and not war, but how often to we try to use violence to force peace?
How well does that work for us?
If we remember that our sovereign is a sovereign of peace, what would the world look like?
If we remembered the authority of the one who comes in peace, what would the world look like?
As Advent nears its end we are waiting for this prince to come. And as we wait, can we live with the authority of his peace?
Help me to make peace, and not war, and remind me of the authority you have over this creation - one that you have created to be at peace. Amen