FOURTH WEEK OF ADVENT – DECEMBER 24, 2017
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 5:9
“Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called the sons and daughters of God.”
While we might think of the wise men visiting Jesus and his family as a peaceful scene, we know that soon afterward, this young family would flee for their lives to Egypt. During Advent, families around the world likewise long for peace in their hearts, homes, and communities. In the USA, many families seek to be peace-makers during Advent by providing food and gifts to those in need, so that all may celebrate Christ’s birth.
PRAYER: Dear God, may the holy family who welcomed the Christ child inspire our World Methodist Council family to make peace, this season and always. Amen.
Rev. Rebecca Iannicelli, Baltimore-Washington Conference of The United Methodist Church