Yr A ~ Advent 2 ~ Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122
Peace of heart. That’s what the choir just sang. And really that’s it. That’s my whole message today. I mean, I’m going to talk for another 15 minutes or so but I’m really not going to say much more than that. If you have peace of heart you know God. If you don’t, you don’t.
We’re a social justice church tradition so we claim that peace and justice are important to us. Let me say it bluntly – without peace of heart we’re spinning our wheels. And I don’t just mean our own peace of heart – I mean those we’re striving to help too.
Like every beauty pageant queen says, I want world peace. But it will never happen until hearts change. No amount of programs, aid, troops, negotiations, summits, or General Council resolutions are ever going to crack that nut. Peace will always elude us until we ‘know peace’!
Here’s what I think it comes down to: If people could awaken to and embrace the peace/shalom of God’s Presence/Being/Spirit and experience transformation then world peace would be possible, and without that transformation world peace is impossible. read on