Thanks for joining us for our December message series at GPC-Chambersburg called "Come, Lord Jesus." Today's message from Pastor Lawrence Metzler.
Today, we light the second candle of Advent, the candle that represents peace. When our lives feel battered by storms and our days feel like a constant dance of one step forward, two steps back, our hearts long for peace. We search for anything that will give us a break from the crashing waves, and we attempt to create solutions that will calm the winds or help us get just one step ahead. But the peace we crave will never be found in anything we can do on our own. True peace, the kind that sticks around when the storms come, is found in our decision to choose faith in the face of fear.
John 16:33 offers this encouragement from Jesus: “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” 1 Corinthians 14:33 reminds us that God is a God of peace. Whatever fear steals from you, God wants to replace it with peace that passes all understanding. And so we say, with faith that God loves us and keeps His promises, “Replace my fear with Your peace.”
Lord, may the light of today’s candle be a reminder to hold firm to our faith in You, our God of peace. I pray that You, the source of our hope, will fill us completely with joy and peace because we trust in You. Fill our hearts to overflowing with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. God, replace our fear with Your peace. Amen.
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