PRAYER
Prince of Peace, May the strength of your Spirit bring the promised peace in me (us) and in your world.

SCRIPTURE
MATTHEW 2:8 – Then King Herod sent them to Bethlehem, saying, ‘Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.’

REFLECTION
As you read these words of scripture, you can almost see the wry smile creeping across the face of a king trying to squash his competition. We clearly see his motivations if you read further in the story of Herod’s brutal oppression. The presence of Jesus is a threat to him, and that causes more chaos. The same is true in our lives—sometimes the presence of light causes the darkest parts of our self to fight back, lash out or give up. Still, this Christ-child brings a peace that surpasses all understanding, and if we allow that peace to rule in our hearts, the chaos can be quelled.

LIGHTING THE ADVENT CANDLE
As we light the second candle on the Advent wreath, we lament the broken places of our life and world, and oer ourselves as peace-makers in your name.