When righteousness and peace kiss

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Peanut butter and jelly; Larry, Moe, and Curly; Christmas and carols — some things just go together. But sometimes things that belong together aren’t always kept together. Like that one sock in your sock drawer, or like the hex nut in your hand that is separated from the bolt that is who-knows-where in your garage.

Through the course of time things that belong together get separated. Maybe it’s you and a friend, maybe it’s you and your spouse. Maybe you’re estranged from someone you love very much, but you find it difficult to reach out to him or her.

Advent, as it moves us toward Christmas, offers the promise of many things to come when God fulfills the kingdom that is both here and not yet. Today’s Scripture reading speaks of a time when two things seemingly separated in our day will be reunited. It speaks of a day of salvation when “love and faithfulness meet together, righteousness and peace kiss each other” (Ps. 85:10, niv).

That doesn’t sound much like the world we see around us. The great news of Advent is that it points us again and again to the birth of Christ. The birth of Christ set a plan in motion whereby God intends to bring back together all the things that belong together—you and me; us and God. This psalm speaks of a day when the promise of peace and righteousness will become a reality.

As you take stock of the things in your life that belong together but are separated, may you find joy in God’s promise that broken things can be made whole again. Even your separated socks.

God, help me to see my part in the broken relationships of my life and to work to mend those things. May peace and righteousness, as well as love and faithfulness, guide me to participate in bringing peace and righteousness together in Your world.

Written by Gary Long, pastor of Willow Meadows Baptist Church in Houston for the BGCT’s free Advent guide.

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