THURSDAY 06 DECEMBER // Shalom for our Habitats
Habitats are the places where we are usually found, where we thrive and find joy and purpose. This might be your workplace, sports club, community group etc.
Who are the people you interact with in these spaces? What is your relationship with them like? It is shalom? Does this change over the holiday season?
As disciples of Christ we are called to be peacemakers. In a world dominated by the adulation of ‘busyness’ we are called to be an example of the life we were truly created for. That doesn’t mean we have things easy, and life is perfect, but our confidence in the goodness and faithfulness of God enables us to weather the storms with grace and peace beyond human understanding.
If, like we’ve discovered this week, peace is more than just the absence of conflict, what does it look like to be a peacemaker in this arena of life?
Read: Matthew 5:9, 14-16
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Pray: Thank God for your identity as His child and as someone called to bring peace. Ask who in your habitat/s you can pray peace over this Christmas, and how you can increase your influence as a peacemaker to those in these spaces.
Respond: On your Advent calendar colour in today’s bauble, you might also like to include a scripture reference or note what God is speaking to you about