Advent is the lens through which we can look at the “birth” of Christ in us! In Truth, we are actually looking at the birth of OUR AWARENESS of that Holy Presence–IN US, AS US–from the beginning! The word, “shalom,” appearing some 400+ times in the old testament, has different meanings; one of which is simply “Hello,” or “Good bye.” This Sunday, we will look at its meaning of Peace! When we are aware of the Christ Presence, in and through and as us, we can go through ANY challenge with a sense of strength and calm. Rather than asking “Why ME?” we can claim its inherent blessing and/or lesson in a spirit of gratitude and a certainty that God-Good is ALWAYS ours!!