By Jim Wehner We met for prayer this morning. By "we" I mean a group of FCS leaders. We meet biweekly to pray for our board members, our donors, each other and for South Atlanta, our focus neighborhood.
This morning we spent time praying for one of the businesses in the neighborhood. This locally owned business has become a source of negative activity over the past six months.
We struggle to know the best solution to this type of problem. We avoid dictating what is healthy and what is not to the community. We want the neighborhood to speak for itself. We are sincerely glad it is locally owned. Unfortunately, it has become a bad influence toward youth during the day and a very negative gathering spot in the evenings. We know we are not alone in our thinking, but we feel the tension between working to dictate change and participating in locally led change.
Neighborhood tensions like these can really make the work of development heavy. This is why I so love Advent! The word Advent means "coming." Advent is the celebration of God entering our world in the form of an infant. Advent is a reminder that with Christ came the promise of Peace.
“Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”” Luke 2:13-14
Advent is a reminder that there is a bigger hope-filled story. Advent means that there exists a peace that outweighs the hopelessness of this world. Advent means that God understands first hand our struggle against the forces of this world.
Are there places in your own life that are less peace-filled than you wish? Are there consistent reminders in your life that the peace of this world is fleeting? Then take heart and remember the Advent promise! With Christ comes Peace that overcomes this world.
So, as we have learned to do, we begin in the place of prayer. We seek the One that has overcome this world by entering as a child. We then step out in faith and try to bring peace to what is a tension filled reality.