The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Embracing a Prince of Peace

'A child has been born ... and he is named ... Prince of Peace' (Isaiah 9:6)

I treasure the Advent season — an occasion to slow down and learn to wait, a time for recognizing that all my longings are rooted in my desire for God, the opportunity to ponder how much I need the gift of the Christ child. This year those themes are coalescing around the prophesied name, "Prince of Peace."

Certainly we all observe the lack of peace in our culture and world — even in our churches. Indeed. I readily see "unpeace" in myself. Our insightful worship confession says we have sinned against God "by what we have done and by what we have left undone." It reminds me every Sunday that I violate peace not only in hasty words or angry attitudes, but also when I fail to be the reconciler that Jesus calls his followers to be.

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