I started writing about Advent, and how good things come to those who wait, etc…Then I realized today was the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. All of a sudden talking about how waiting is good and important seemed inappropriate for the day. Because some things like peace we shouldn’t have to wait for.
This past Sunday we talked about peace. We heard Isaiah’s vision of the Peaceable Kingdom, and how swords are turned into plowshares. I wish I could say I’ve seen Isaiah’s dream come true. Sadly, I have not. In my lifetime, I’ve seen the Persian Gulf War, the war in the Balkans, Columbine, 9-11, the War in Afghanistan, the kidnapping of 200 girls in Nigeria, and other conflicts and atrocities. I pray to God, “Where is your peace?” I don’t see it. Anywhere. Then I realize in my lifetime I have also seen the Berlin Wall come down, the end of Apartheid in South Africa, and a girl named Malala refuse to back down from seeking an education that is rightfully hers. I remember God is there in those moments. God is there when peace and equality are being sought. God is there with those who are fighting for justice. I remember that I am to be a part of that work for justice and peace. I am to speak up when someone is being mistreated or abused. I am to work for God’s peace.
O come, O King of nations, bind
all peoples in one heart and mind.
Bid envy, strife, and discord cease.
Fill the whole world with Heaven’s peace.
Rejoice, rejoice. Emmanuel shall come to thee O Israel.