“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
Fridays are my busiest days of the week, so finding time to blog is very difficult, but I hate to break the Christmas countdown! So here it is, 10 minutes before midnight and I have had this thought on my head all day: peace. Tumult, troubles and protests are breaking out in multiple cities across our country and zealots threaten to wipe Jewish and Christian folk alike off the face of the earth. How can I say peace? Because He said it.
A serene scene by a still lake; a porch swing overlooking a sunny day; children laughing and playing, snow quietly falling on tree limbs. An elderly couple walking hand in hand. All of these images evoke the idea of peace to me. But stones create ripples in the water, sunny days give way to wilder weather, snow melts and we all eventually fade away. Peace is not lasting as prescribed by the world, anyway.
But we who have accepted the free gift of Jesus can have peace – not as the world gives, but as God can give. A peace that brings a security and a hope, which are not dependent upon circumstances or emotions. Busy times, hard times, Christmas preparations, hardship, persecution – none of these things can rob us of peace unless we let them. Right now, where you are at, quiet your mind and heart and focus on what Christ came to bring – peace to our souls.
From the time he came as a baby, peacefully in the midst of chaos, to His ultimate sacrifice on the cross, Christ accomplished peace with God. Not perfect comfort on this earth, but complete peace. Many will cry out for peace in this world, thinking that a leader or a country could bring lasting peace, but they will never achieve it. True peace is only found in a relationship with God. Search for peace, and you will not find it, but search for God and you will find peace.
Peace to you all this Christmas season.
Lord, quiet our souls and help us to rest in You at all times.