"Once we clearly acknowledge the soul, we can learn to hear it's cries. - Dallas Willard, Renovation Of The Heart."

It takes courage to pursue our dreams. It takes time and patience to unearth buried treasure. But I believe with all my heart that we must do both.


First Tuesday Advent Reading

Advent Reading

Isaiah 11:1-10; Luke 10:21-24

 Jesus said:

 "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.  Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid." 

 Peace is not only possible; it is the gift already given.  Christ gives us his peace by giving us himself, for he is the Prince of Peace...The peace that is ours is not a peace of pretending that things are not as they are; nor is it a peace of being blind to conflict.  It is the peace of faith. Faith is trust in the Prince of Peace.  We neither hold ourselves aloof from the anguish of a conflicted world nor delude ourselves that the resolution of all conflicts is within our power.  In the child of Bethlehem, in the powerlessness of a baby, God entered into our conflicts. 

Heavenly Father, look out for your children who are imperiled by war around us and war within us. Prepare us to welcome the Prince of Peace in his birth at Bethlehem so that in a violent world he may make us instruments of the peace that he gives.


Let it be.

Taken from "God with Us"
If you wish to read Monday's post from last year here is a link.


Jennifer Richardson said...

Yes, yes, yes.
Oh thank you for this fine chunk
of life, sweet and meaty and
so easy to digest.
Nourished, I send you love
and gratitude:)
(And I LOVE the etsy beauty! Love it!)
You bring me such joy, Mary,

Julie-ann Bowden Heavenleigh Art said...

What a beautiful message from Jesus, he sure is an amazing gift to us :)
Thank you for sharing this!

Anita said...

YEA...Advent with Mary...I love reading your advent messages every year

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Amen...my nugget today and spoke to my heart

The peace that is ours is not a peace of pretending that things are not as they are; nor is it a peace of being blind to conflict. It is the peace of faith.

That is where I am...the peace faith...not pretending or blind. Good word Mary...thanks

Nancy said...

Reading your post is like coming to the table with the Father and being nourished.....

Love you girlfriend,

Bevie said...

Wow Nancy said it perfectly Mar. This scripture has special meaning for me...remember our visit to the Potter's House? I love your advent posts sis!!!