Advent Two: Being Present with Peace

“Console my people, give them comfort,” says your God. — Isaiah 40:1

But what we await are new heavens and a new earth where, according to the promise, God’s justice will reside. So beloved, while waiting for this, make every effort to be found at peace… –2 Peter: 3: 13-14a

…as it was written in Isaiah the prophet: “I send my messenger before you to prepare your way, a herald’s voice in the desert, crying, ‘Make ready the way of our God. Clear a straight path.’ ” — Mark 1:2-3

Preparing the way for new beginnings, fresh starts, a clear path, is a classic theme in the faith narrative and in our own lives. Life can contain many chapters. The Good News is that the Holy One is continually making a way for do-overs. In this we can find peace, even when life doesn’t feel so peaceful. This week, we focus on what it means to be a gift of non-anxious presence for those who need it most.