John Lennon is credited with coining the phrase "Give peace a chance." The story goes that Lennon spontaneously shared the phrase with reporters while staging a "bed-in" protest to protest war. Along with Yoko Ono, he decided to try and promote peace by staying in bed all day.
I'm not sure how effective their plan was, but I can relate on a somewhat different level... Sometimes things seem so crazy in life that the thought crosses my mind, maybe I should just go back to bed. I can't claim this will make any difference in the world, and honestly isn't a great plan. But climbing back into bed and pulling the covers over my head has definitely been a consideration from time to time.
In this second week of Advent, we are invited to consider Peace - literally asked to "give peace a chance." I'd like to think we all have the stamina to not succumb to the temptation to just give up, but that we might consider a little peace offering.
When I most feel overwhelmed, I make a smaller circle. What CAN I affect? I may not be able to create world peace, but I CAN make a little peace offering. I can try to hold my temper. I can reach out to a friend. I can share a random act of kindness.
Where can you make a little peace offering this week?
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.