Prayer:Holy God, speak to all that keeps me from listening.  Speak to me an Advent message. I sit expectant to hear. Word of God, speak.  Amen.  

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 9:6
“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.”

During this Advent season there has been a few annunciations for our listening.  We heard that God turns our fear into surprise, and our surprise fills us with hope. We heard how God gifts us with joy and gladness. We heard that Peace is the presence of justice.

Maya Angelou wrote:
We, Angels and Mortals, Believers and Nonbelievers
Look heavenward and speak the word aloud. Peace.
We look at our world and speak the word aloud.  Peace.
We look at each other, then into ourselves,
And we say without shyness or apology or hesitation:
Peace, My Brother.
Peace, My Sister.
Peace, My Soul.

Peace just doesn’t magically happen. And certainly not the kind of peace that God is talking about — the peace that passes all understanding. This peace that God desires is defined as “Shalom” and to have Shalom is to have a peace that can only become apparent when God is present.  Shalom is dependent upon right relationships.  Right relationship with God, with others and with your very self.  As with any annunciation we have the choice, the freedom and the option to decide how we shall respond or if we will respond at all.
Let us choose Peace.

Reflection Questions:
What other annunciations have you heard during this Advent season?
Who needs you to offer them the blessing of peace?
How are you choosing peace?

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