November 23, 2020
Greetings in Christ Jesus,
In this Advent season I wanted to take this opportunity as your pastor to send you this letter of encouragement as once again we celebrate our Savior’s birth.
There is a wonderful Scripture found in Isaiah 9:6 (NRSV) 6 For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. While there is so much to unpack in that Scripture, I wanted to take a moment to focus on the fact that Jesus came as our Prince of Peace. If there is anything this world needs today, it is the realization that Jesus Christ came to bring peace to humanity.
Many people equate the word “peace” with nations that have been at war with each other have come to an agreement not to be at war anymore. While that is a wonderful thing, I believe it is something that goes far deeper than that. The Bible tells us that there is a peace that passes all understanding as we read about in Philippians 4:7 (NRSV) 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
This kind of peace is what everyone really needs. People’s lives are filled with seemingly endless turmoil and tribulation. The peace that we can know as people of God does not necessarily mean the absence of conflict, but it does mean we have confidence even through the storms of life. As you walk about during this Advent season, I encourage you to be open as you look around and see so many who are without the peace we know. True peace comes from the Prince of Peace whose love is shed abroad in our hearts as described in Romans 5:5 (NKJV).
The Advent season can often be a season of pain for many, yet I believe as we are sensitive to the leading of the Spirit God will help us to share the Good News of the Gospel.
May God richly bless you,
Eric J. Hearst
Eric J. Hearst, Ed.D., MDiv, MACEF
Church Pastor for Revitalization
Phone: (732) 230 – 7372