Many people today live in a state of fear. When we see the bad things that happen in our world, it is easy to become afraid. But the message of Advent is hope. . . . We can live securely, even in troubled times, as long as our hope rests in God. In his first coming, Christ brought the opportunity for us to experience peace with God. We look forward to his second coming, when all wars will cease and weapons will be destroyed.
—Anne Trudel, “Hang On!” Light of Lights: Advent Devotions from The Upper Room Daily Devotional Guide, compiled and edited by Robin Pippin (Upper Room Books, 2014)
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[God] shall judge between many peoples
and shall arbitrate between strong nations far away;
they shall beat their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation;
neither shall they learn war any more.
—Micah 4:3 (NRSVUE)
Prayer for the Week
O God, during this season give us eyes to see all around us signs of Christ’s love breaking into the world. Amen. —Prayer by Diane Luton Blum
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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