Misunderstanding Jesus

2013 Advent good_news_hi_res   Isaiah 9:1- 7

Prayer for the day:
Lord of peace, we too often confuse your kingdom with the ways of coercion and force. Along with the generations who have awaited your reign, we confess that our imaginations fail us and we assume that you will come in the might of violence rather than the embrace of love. Forgive us for misunderstanding the nature of your kingdom and help us to see the way of Jesus as the way of peace. Amen

Question for reflection:

Many Brethren wrestle with our testimony to peace and the nonviolent kingdom of God. How do you witness to the peace of Christ? What do you believe is the Christian response to war and nationalism?

~ Josh Brockway, Director for Spiritual Life and Discipleship

Congregational Life Ministries of the Church of the Brethren is offering these simple prayers and questions in connection to this year’s Advent Devotional written by Tim Harvey, pastor of Central Church of the Brethren (Available from Brethren Press in print and E-Book formats). Join us as we look and listen for the coming of the Word through the reading of scripture, Tim’s reflections, times of prayer, and conversations on this blog.

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