December 20th Advent Daily Devotional

The Promise of Peace

Chris Deacon

Isaiah 57:14-21

When I was in elementary school, my Grandma gave me my first “G.I.Joe” figure.  I loved it!  I took it to school to show all my friends.  While we were playing outside, we were throwing it in the air and catching it.  Then one toss sailed and the toy was gone forever.  That night is the first I remember not being able to sleep.  I felt so guilty that I just lay there awake.  I had lost a gift that my Grandma had given me.  The next night, I still felt guilty, so I went and crawled in bed with my parents and told them what I had done.  I’m sure they were either relieved that it wasn’t something worse or annoyed that I had waken them up.  With my conscious eased, I felt better and was able to sleep!

In this text, Isaiah promises that peace is coming for the far and near!  God will heal the people and repay them with comfort.  In Christ, we are offered forgiveness for our sin.  Even though we want to keep turning back to our own ways, God offers healing, forgiveness, and ultimately peace.  We only have to confess our sin and accept God’s forgiveness.  For those who do not seek forgiveness, they will feel as I did in elementary school, tossing like the sea that cannot keep still.  As we prepare for the coming Christ, we seek God’s forgiveness and the peace that accompanies it.

 

Holy God, as we celebrate Christ’s birth as we wait for him to come again, help us to seek our comfort in you.  Help us to seek the peace that only you can provide.  Forgive us for the ways we have wronged both you and our neighbors and enable us to live more fully into our Advent calling.  Amen. 

 

Rev. Chris Deacon is an ordained pastor in the PC (USA) and is serving the United Parish of Bowie, a union UCC/PC(USA) church in Bowie, MD.  He is also the author of “Louder Than Words”.

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