The devotion for Saturday, the second week of Advent, comes from Michael Hoy's, "Light of Grace: Devotions for Advent."
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!"
Luke 2:3-14 NRSV
The song of the angels is the first song of peace on earth. It caught the ears of shepheards on the hillsides of Bethlehem. These poor, marginalized and rejected ones were the first to hear that word of "favor."
But upon whom all does God show favor? With whom is God "pleased" to bring this peace on earth? Perhaps our own ears have become deaf to this song of angels. Perhaps our hearts have trusted far too long in our own idols of peace and secuity. Yet none of these can deliver us the peace we truly need.
The good news is that God grants us the favor of peace. God's favor shines upon us in the light of peace, Jesus Christ. Jesus is the one who favors us with his forgiveness and love. And he shines that light upon all who hide in the darkness, we are so graaciously found, and there, we are so graciously favored by Christ's light of peace. As "Amazing Grace" so poetically puts it, "I once was lost, but now am found; / Was blind, but now I see." From the manger and from the cross, Christ's message of peace rings out to a rejected humanity: "Peace be with you!"
Lord, light of peace, grace us with your blessing of favor, which we and all the earth so desperately need. Amen.