© Beth A. Richardson, betharichardson.com
God of Advent, walk ahead of me, helping me keep sight of your vision of peace. May I hold peace in my heart and pray for peace in our broken world. Amen.
Let peace begin with me.
This picture was taken in the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. This is one of my favorite places in the world. I was on vacation in the mountains when 9/11 happened. We had already scheduled a hike at Brainard Lake that day, and we decided to go there anyway. It was a place of peace in the midst of anxiety and terror.
On this second Sunday of Advent, we light the candle of Peace. What are your hopes for peace in your life, your community, the world?
The Upper Room Disciplines is full of treasures. Fifty-three writers (leaders from today's Christian world) each write a week of meditations based on the lectionary scriptures for that week. Previous years have included such writers as David Buttrick, Grace Imathiu, Don Saliers, Roberta Bondi, Martin Marty, Marjorie Suchocki, Mark Yaconelli, and Will Willimon. It's a great way to really sink into scripture in a daily way.
I could not have found The Upper Room Moments of Prayer (on Facebook Live) sooner. For it is during these moments of centering spiritual practices, meditating on the words of scripture, praying with and for the world, that I find moments of transcendence, hear whispers of peace and hope, see glimpses of truth and justice, behold visions of love and beauty amid all the stark realities that are around me.”