The Fourth Week of Advent: Peace

The Angels Candle- Peace


Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit.  And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly.  But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.  She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”  Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet:  “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.”  And Joseph awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife, but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he called His name Jesus.                                                                               Matthew 1:18-25

And coming in, he said to her, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.”  But she was very perplexed at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was.  The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God.  And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus.  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of  His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.”  Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?”  The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God.  And behold, even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age; and she who was called barren is now in her sixth month.  For nothing will be impossible with God.”  And Mary said, “Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.”  And the angel departed from her.                                                                                                    Luke 1:28-38


Angels are busy creatures, moving here and there over the earth helping and fighting for us, and yet we associate them with peacefulness.  Perhaps because in most biblical accounts they come softly and in the midst of every day work.  There is no way to know what exactly they are or what they do, but I believe they are the bearers of news directly from God, as well as servants doing His bidding and glorifying Him.  Remember as well, in this busy season, that Jesus is the Prince of Peace.  What a comfort that is to know.

Blessings and a very Merry Christmas!

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About Erin Phelan

Born and raised in western Michigan, Erin came to Polyface first as an intern in the summer of 2009. While here she met and got to know Grady Phelan, an apprentice at the time. The next spring they were married and after a couple years in Oklahoma they are back, working as sub-contractors for Polyface. Erin keeps herself busy with the jobs of a wife and mother, as well as helping with the animals, gardening, sewing, cooking, baking, knitting and reading.

4 Responses to The Fourth Week of Advent: Peace

  1. Jonelle Rosin says:

    Oh Erin, you did it again!! What a wonderful, thought-provoking and encouraging post! Love you and can’t wait to see you. ~Mom

  2. Leilani says:

    Beautifully written, thank you Erin!

  3. Heidi Herron Dickens, MD says:

    I just found the polyface farms website today. I am enjoying the education. I was looking at your bio and laughing because I too am a Michigan girl who married an Okie. I also noticed that you enjoy spinning but I didn’t see any blogs on the subject. We are raising cashmere goats here in NE Oklahoma and my daughter is trying to learn to spin. Any tips? How did you learn?

  4. Liana says:

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