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Reflections from Tim

posted 11 Dec 2018, 11:36 by June Miller, MCA Communications

Reflections from Tim

To Guide Our Feet into the Way of Peace

By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us,
To give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
To guide our feet into the way of peace. Luke 1:78-79.

These words come from Zechariah's prophecy about the birth of Jesus. They provide a vision of a bright future. Dawn will break into the world. The new day will bring light to dark places and guidance for the way - a way defined by peace.

Zechariah’s words offer a profound message of hope. We live in a world yearning for a new day to dawn. In our society people are searching for meaning, purpose, and belonging. Instead, we experience anxiety, polarization, and fragmentation as we neglect to put our trust in God.

Every year the conference pastors and executive ministers from across Mennonite Church and Mennonite Church USA meet together for resourcing and mutual support. At our meetings this past week our presenters, Ched Myers and Elaine Enns, encouraged us to embrace Christ's calling to his followers to become "Ambassadors of Reconciliation". Together we explored how the coming of Jesus broke down barriers, challenged the status quo, and named injustice in order to bring about a new day of reconciliation with God, with each other, and with all of creation.

In a world of brokenness the birth of Jesus reveals a new way of peace - a peace our world is longing to experience. During this season of Advent and the celebrations of Christ's birth to come, how might we be challenged to allow our feet to be guided more fully into God's way of peace? How might we as a church live more fully into this vision of hope God has for us?