We wrote a couple of Advent devotionals for a friend’s series, so we are going to re-post them here for your enjoyment!
Psalm 122:6-9 Pray that Jerusalem has peace: Let those who love you have rest. Let there be peace on your walls; let there be rest on your fortifications. For the sake of my family and friends, I say, “Peace be with you, Jerusalem.” For the sake of the Lord our God’s house I will pray for your good.
As Christians, peace is a very familiar word for us. “Peace” is mentioned more than 400 times in the Bible. During the worship service, as part of the ritual we do a passing of the peace saying, “Peace be with you.” Peace is also one of the frequent topics for sermons and bible studies.
If we look at today’s text, the main theme is peace. So, what does it mean by, peace, and why do we talk about peace so often in our lives? In Korean, peace is translated as 평화(Pyong Hwa). This word actually originated from Chinese charters 平和. If you look at the words separately, those are composed of three different words: equality, rice, and mouth. So, peace means every mouth is fed equally in Korean and Chinese. If we pay closer attention to this meaning, our society is not at peace because there are many people in the world who are dying from hunger. According to the World Food Programme (WFP), 842 million people in the world do not have enough to eat. Poor nutrition causes nearly half (45%) of deaths in children under five – 3.1 million children each year. To be at peace (so that every mouth is fed equally), there is much work to be done.
During the season of Advent as we are waiting for the God of peace, let us reflect on what peace means to us and how we, as Christians, can take responsibility for being active peace makers in the world.
God’s peace be with you all.