Well, now that we litugical calendar churches are knee-deep in Advent, how are we holding up? This week is (in some traditions) Peace week. How do we preach peace in a world constantly at war?
At our Presbytery meeting last month, we had a presentation on the genocide in Darfur--just in case we had forgotten about it, as much of the world has. I can't get the images of burned villages, crying children, and women glassy-eyed from the trauma of gang rape out of my mind. As someone else asked somewhere else: Jesus died for this?
And yet. And yet. We are reminded in the Luke 3 lection that every rough and crooked place shall be made straight, and it echoes Isaiah's prophecy that "every valley shall be exalted" (Can you tell that I've been listening to Handel's Messiah?)
So Peace Week it is, and peace it shall be.
How are you approaching Advent 2 this week?