“The mountains and hills may crumble, but my love for you will never end; I will keep forever
my promise of peace.” So says the Lord who loves you. ~Isaiah 54:10
This year, in many ways, we have felt like the mountains were crumbling. Much of what we have always taken for granted has changed and the very foundations on which we have built our lives, both as individuals and as a congregation, have shifted. 2020 has been a year of incredible change, challenge, uncertainty, and apprehension.
As a result of all this, Advent and Christmas look very different for many of us this year. There are many traditional Advent and Christmas activities that will have been canceled this year. Many of the things that we associate with the celebration of the season will simply not happen.
And then we read the words of Isaiah. “My love for you will never end; I will keep forever my promise of peace.”
Perhaps now, during this Christmas Season, we need to remind ourselves once more that peace, true peace, does not depend on what is happening around us, but what is happening within us. The Peace of Advent is the peace offered us through the one who was born to be the Prince of Peace, the one born from that love of God that “will never end”.
So as we prepare for a very different Holiday Season this year, my prayer for each one of us is that we may take a deep breath and focus ourselves on that “promise of peace” that we celebrate anew each year as we remember the one born to be the Prince of Peace, Emmanuel, God with us.
Blessings to all, Rev Sharon