Today is the twenty second day of Advent. Each day I will post a short blog aimed at kids that will help tell God’s story from the beginning to the birth of Jesus. And each day Meghan, my wife, will make a Christmas Tree ornament that helps us to remember the day’s Advent lesson. If you want to make them along with us all you will need is some felt, some glue, and some ribbon.I hope you will join us each day this Advent.You can catch up on any post you may have missed by clicking here.
Do you know what the best toy in the entire house is? The toy someone else is playing with. If Simeon decides he wants to play with his Pokemon figures Ariella decides the best game in the world is to take them and run around. If Ariella decides she wants to play the LeapPad Simeon decides the best way for her to play the LeapPad is for her to watch him play the LeapPad. Of course these things lead to war. Or at least a lot of squabbling. Peace can be hard to come by, or at least it is in my house.
God gives a promise to us through Isaiah that says this,
The wolf will romp with the lamb,
the leopard sleep with the kid.
Calf and lion will eat from the same trough,
and a little child will tend them.
Cow and bear will graze the same pasture,
their calves and cubs grow up together,
and the lion eat straw like the ox.
The nursing child will crawl over rattlesnake dens,
the toddler stick his hand down the hole of a serpent.
Neither animal nor human will hurt or kill
on my holy mountain.
The whole earth will be brimming with knowing God-Alive,
a living knowledge of God ocean-deep, ocean-wide.
I love this promise. It talks about a time that is coming when the whole world well be at peace. Not just brothers and sisters at peace, or countries at peace, everything is at peace. Even all of the animals are at peace. Bears and Lions are suddenly grazing on grass. It is hard to imagine a world like this, a world where fighting has totally ended. But I do believe in it, I believe one day I will live in that world.
The question I have is what will I do until I live there? How will I behave? How will I treat others around me. I can’t expect other people to be perfect, and I can’t expect myself to be perfect. But I do think I can try to bring more peace into the world. I can try to raise my voice less. I can try to help others more. I can try to share what I have better. I can try to forgive quicker. I can try to bring tiny bits of peace to other people everyday. I hope you will try too.
Today on the twenty second day of Advent we remember that God has promised us a great peace.