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There is a famous sermon illustration of peace. It is a picture of a bird rested in the midst of a storm. The bird is likened to the believer, whose hope is in God, and the storm to life’s circumstances. The believer is at peace because her expectation is in God. The believer has peace no matter the circumstances. This is the peace that surpasses all understanding. (Philippians 4:7). But, there is another definition of peace. It is the peace that we acknowledge Jesus Christ has brought and will manifest eternally at His second appearance on the second Sunday of Advent. This peace speaks to an absence of conflict and the presence of a divine unity that restores things to alignment with God’s original intention for all things.
In the beginning we were created in His image. (Genesis 1:26). We walked in the cool of the day with Him and experienced uninhibited fellowship. But, we fell out of fellowship on account of our disobedience. And every human born after that would be born in need of a savior-in need of someone who could both end the hostility and repair the breach. (Romans 3:23 - 26). We were all born in need of Jesus, who endured all the hostility our sin earned on the cross and gave us the chance to receive His righteousness instead. (2 Corinthians 5:21). And for all those who believed on Him, He gave the right to become children of God - beloved, no longer at odds, justified (made right with Him eternally). (John 1: 12 - 13). He brought peace. And we who have received this peace are now its ambassadors. (2 Corinthians 5:19 - 21).
There is nothing like eating and drinking in the company of others-especially dearly loved others. But, on account of our own brokenness and the fallen nature of the world, we experience difficulties in our relationships. We experience conflict that threatens and or destroys the unity that God intended between all people. This Advent consider structuring your eating around the intentional cultivation of community. Choose one or all of the following tips to help make your table a place for making God known:
Learn more about the biblical definition of peace here:
Happy temple building!
Take care. Bless many.
Carolyn Sinclair McCalla is a daughter of God who believes that as we seek the truth of God's Word, and humble ourselves to live in agreement with it, that we will experience the transformation which allows us to enter wholistic wellness: spirit, soul and body. She is the Founder and President of EarthBasic and leads its Be-Held Community: a group of women seeking, living and being transformed by the truth of God’s Word together. She is excited about this addition to the Be-Held Community, which will provide loving, sustainable, Christ-centered and well researched resources to support women in cultivating a life of wholistic self-care: spirit, soul, and body, which will in turn equip them to bless the generations in their care.