FRIDAY 07 DECEMBER // Shalom for Aotearoa
Quick recap – we’ve explored what the biblical meaning of peace (shalom) is; the first chapter of the Advent story with God’s call to Mary and Joseph and how they found peace through trust and obedience; how we can bring shalom into our lives by releasing control of things into God’s hands; bringing shalom into our whanau’s through forgiveness; and being peacemakers in the arenas of our lives where we spend significant periods of time.
Our hope is that through this your appreciation for what it means to be filled with and carry peace out into a broken world has grown.
Today we take a step out futher and begin to look at what peace for our wider world would look like, starting with our little nation at the bottom of the globe.
But where to even start?? There are so many ways this could play out. We are each gifted with a unique piece of God’s heart, and therefore are passionate about different things about this world that aren’t currently the way the were designed to be. Use this space to ask God to show you the piece of his heart that he desires to see shalom brought to Aotearoa that triggers your heart to act.
Remember as you process this the message from Tuesday, we cannot do any of this in our own strength, but only through Christ, the Prince of Peace, who gives us the power, grace and authority.
Read: Romans 14:19
Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.
Pray: Continue to thank God for your identity as His child and as someone called to bring peace. Ask what piece of His heart you are called into action to bring peace. What would this look like, and where should you start?
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.