A Message from the Methodist Chaplains for the Fourth Week of Advent: Peace
In celebration of the Christian season of Advent, there is an Advent wreath in the chapels at Methodist Hospital and Methodist Women’s Hospital, and, each Wednesday, there is a short devotional written by one of Methodist's staff chaplains. The Jewish celebration of Hanukkah began on December 12, and there is a menorah placed in each chapel.
It is our hope that during these seasons and celebrations, you will find quiet moments to sit and discover something meaningful and life-giving for you.
Grace and Peace,
The Methodist Chaplains
Advent: Week 4
As I sat down to write, I smiled at the thought of countless families and friends gathering to celebrate the traditions of their chosen faith all around the world. Then I moved closer to home and thought about the sacred team we’re all privileged to be part of at Methodist Hospital; a team that compassionately cares for our brothers and sisters not only during the holidays but every day of every year. Each one of us has been called to heal according to our gifts and Methodist stands strong because of our united efforts. But what does this have to do with Advent and peace?
“Remember well: Peace is possible.”
Our team is only as strong as each individual and, in order to be fully present to our patients, their families, and our staff, we must strive daily to be grounded in the internal peace that makes us one with our Creator and each other. Finding this elusive peace is both a shared desire and constant challenge magnified by our busy schedules and the growing chaos of our world.
Advent is a season of waiting, watching, readying for what is to come, which makes it the perfect time to discern our personal and collective hopes for the future. We are all called to be peacemakers; to be messengers of peace. Please accept this season’s invitation to deepen your internal peace so that together we can radiate the hope, love, joy, and peace of Advent every day of the year.
As the beautiful 1955 Christmas song by Jill Jackson and Sy Miller proclaims, “Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.”
God’s Peace Be With You.
-Chaplain Sandy Powers
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