“O come, Desire of nations, bind all peoples in one heart and mind. Bid all our sad divisions cease, and be thyself our King of peace.”
“Sad divisions,”—polarization, painful conflict, war—frequently mark our time on earth. We grieve because we have friends or loved ones in the midst of such divisions. At times we find ourselves in these dark and harmful spaces. In our increasingly connected world, we often read stories of others and are drawn in. We hear about long-standing war, perpetual violence, and exploitation, and we wonder if peace is possible. In our weariness, we often can’t see how it could be. As believers, we look forward to a day when we will experience shalom in all its fullness. But in the space we occupy right now, how can we work toward redemption? Are there places so broken that they are beyond restoration?
This year's Advent devotional series by World Renew and the Office of Social Justice focuses on stories about the things that make for peace. In the midst of seemingly endless conflict and suffering around the world—where have we seen glimpses of the Kingdom of God? Starting November 28, we invite you to reflect on and use these Advent devotions in this season expectant waiting. To sign up to receive a devotional every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, click here.