WHEN WE LIGHT the candle of peace, we affirm Isaiah’s vision that peace will come on earth. As we move closer to the birth of the Prince of Peace, we are acutely aware of all the places in the world, in our families and relationships, and in our hearts that have not achieved peace. Peace is a vision, a hope, a promise made by the Holy One—that there will be a time when peace will prevail.
—Beth A. Richardson, The Uncluttered Heart: Making Room for God During Advent and Christmas (Upper Room Books, 2009)
“The LORD gives strength to his people;
the LORD blesses his people with peace.”
—Psalm 29:11 (NIV)
Prayer for the Week
Clear away the clutter, O God, that I might have more room for you.
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Slow down, simplify, and add a burst of color to your Advent. The spiritual practice of coloring mandalas (circular designs), lighting candles, and praying regularly can help us stay centered on God during this busy time of year. Give it a try. Color as you pray this Advent season.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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