It seems very odd to write about the Candle of Peace given what our country has seen lately. There are times I admit I shake my head and wonder what has happened. And then pile all the noise on top of that - news headlines, political grandstanding and everyone grabbing their "15 minutes" as many times as they can. It's just plain nuts and it makes me very tired. But above and beyond all that, I can still grasp Peace because of the Hope we talked about when we lit the first candle.
Peace doesn't mean things are calm or there is no fear. I was reminded of the famous FDR quote about "nothing to fear but fear itself" when a friend posted something about it. Reading the whole quote, I took it to mean he was talking about panic or dread. Peace, in that context, is the opposite of dread. Built on Hope it says, "What you are experiencing isn't the end of all things. There is something more - something bigger than yourself." That, at least to me is Peace. And I find it again this time of year as we prepare to celebrate the Advent of the Prince of Peace.
The Crooked Path will often be noisy and dangerous. But it will always be paved with Peace if I know where to look for it and trust the Giver of Peace. Hope and Peace ... two foundational building blocks of Advent and life.