Honestly, I have never paid much attention to the Advent season. Holidays are typically hard for me emotionally, so writing this is difficult; particularly, writing on a topic regarding peace when I don’t necessarily feel emotionally tranquil or at ease. My inner turmoil is at its worst between November 25th until December 25th, where the hustle and bustle of shopping, flying, and commercialization is at its peak. Endless sales and propaganda are encouraging people to spend tons of money on things for their loved ones. Note that the sales and propaganda are not encouraging you to spend time with family and friends, and don’t get me started on how busy church is.
This time of year feels anything but peaceful.
We are shopping. We are traveling. We are mentally preparing for difficult conversations and awkward dinner discussions with extended family and in-laws. We are hosting lots of people or no people. We are anything but peaceful.
Don’t get me wrong, y’all. This is me: hustling and bustling and trying to figure out how I will show my love to the ones I love. Still, I can’t help but think there is something different that we can do during this time of year to slow down and reflect. To allow ourselves to be present and ponder the deeper things in our lives. To pause from the busyness of the holidays and intentionally seek peace.
I once heard that peace is not the absence of chaos, but rather, it is found in the midst of chaos. I don’t know about y’all, but I am desperate for a still soul and peaceful spirit. Around this time of year, I’m reminded of and cling to the promise that Isaiah prophesied,
“Though the mountains be shaken
and the hills be removed,
yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken
nor my covenant of peace be removed,
says the Lord, who has compassion on you” (Isaiah 54:10).
Our God has made a covenant with us that He fulfilled through Jesus, our Prince of Peace.
“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).
So, this holiday season do the opposite of what I often do; don’t wait till you have a break because that might not happen. Instead, cling to the peace that we have been given through Jesus. Let this time of year be a reminder of the covenant of a peace that can be found in the midst of heightened stress and anxiety.
Jonathan grew up in Chula Vista, California up until he was 15 years old. He then moved to a small town in the High Desert called Barstow where he spent his high school years. He graduated with a degree in History/Political Science from Vanguard University in 2014. He is currently working as a Resident Coordinator at Vanguard, while he is completing his Master's degree in Organizational Psychology.