If any nation were to express an overarching desire, my guess – looking at regular tragic events occurring on a daily basis – is that this desire would be for peace. It is my hope.
Peace in my town. Peace in my country. Peace on earth.
But every day, we see the opposite occurring. We see acts of hatred and violence. Shootings at schools and colleges. Acts of terror. Senseless violence. Tragic deaths of men and women far too young.
We read of these, or even experience them ourselves, and our hearts cry out for peace.
Peace. The desire of nations.
When Christ’s birth was foretold by the prophet Isaiah, the prophecy used a specific name for the Messiah: Prince of Peace.
Perhaps the crux of our desire is not only for peace, but for Jesus, the Prince of Peace. It has been said that peace is not the absence of conflict, but the presence of God.
And when we follow that way … of humility, or peace, of love, perhaps then the desire of nations will truly be for peace and for the Prince of peace.
Then our prayers – our very lives – will truly be “on earth as it is in Heaven.”
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