Below is Adam's reflection for today's word: peace. He is participating in an Advent Word a Day challenge created by his colleague Becky Durham--the pastor at Peace Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville, North Carolina. To see her journey through Advent, click here.
Peace is writing by candlelight first thing in the morning.
It is two snoring dogs at your feet.
It is the steady hum of a small space heater and the radiance of a Christmas tree.
Peace is looking at the photos and treasures from the adventures over the last year.
It is steam from the coffee cup dancing between the flickering flame of the candle.
It is the first good night's sleep in over a week.
Peace is the moment just before the dawn--before the squirrels arrive for breakfast.
It is happiness--hygge in this home at this hour.
It is the stillness of a foggy morning.
Peace is the silence after the furnace turns off--solitude.
It is this morning, this moment, the manifestation of divine grace.
It is before someone declares that they "have a case of the Mondays."
Peace is wholeness. It is completeness. It is tranquility. It is my prayer for you today, this week. It is a reminder of how God's redemption transpires.
It is Psalm 122 becoming
your our prayer: "Peace be within your walls and quietness within your towers."
Peace, Christ's peace, be with you today. And for Christ's sake, live in peace.
a peaceful scene from Adam's house this morning.
advent candles burning, xmas tree lit, and two pups asleep.
peace is in the silence.