If you've seen the movie Miss Congeniality, about a bomb threat at a beauty pageant, you might remember the interview scene in which each of the finalists is asked the most important thing society needs. Each contestant dutifully responds, "World peace," and the audience cheers. Only Gracie Lou Freebush (the undercover cop played by Sandra Bullock) answers "That would be...harsher punishment for parole violators." When only crickets can be heard in the audience, she adds "...and world peace" to wild applause.
We love the idea of world peace. We'll even cheer for it. As we marked the second Sunday of Advent as a herald of Peace, we might have felt a longing for the deep peace that can only come through Christ. I light my next e-candle for this same intention.
With this in mind, we could use the Advent season to consider...