Grace and Peace to you.
The wolf shall live with the lamb,
and a little child shall lead them.
The coming of Christ is about more than a lovely holiday. It’s about the transformation of the world. In his ministry, and in the cross, Jesus showed us the way to the lion and lamb living together. Nelson Mandela, who died yesterday, was living proof that it can be done. The work is hard; the sacrifice is great; the peace is fragile. But it is possible. The vision and the promise endure. So we await Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem and the final coming of Christ to transform human history—and they are met as Christ is born in our own hearts. The world we envision is already within us.
Pray for peace in the world. Pray for the healing of your own fear, and the removal of all your enmity, prejudice and division. Pray for the courage to extend grace and reconciliation to the lambs to whom you are a wolf, and the wolves to whom you are a lamb. Give thanks for the people like Mandela who shine the light of peace and justice on our path, and pray to be one of them. Welcome into your heart the little child who will lead us to the new world.
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