A common phrase heard at this time of year is “peace on earth and good will towards all people”.
Peace is a wish and prayer we offer to one another in the name of the Christmas season… now I don’t know about you but I find this to be one of the least peaceful times of the year! Most of us long for a little peace and quiet, a little peace and comfort, a little peace and security. We long for peace so much in fact that many of us are willing to medicate, eat, shop, or (insert your bad habit here)____________ in the pursuit of a little bit of peace.
This is the second week in the church season of Advent (the four weeks leading up to Christmas in which faithful folks reflect, prepare, and prioritize in anticipation and celebration around the birth of Jesus). In this time we are reminded that it is by the person and work of Jesus that God brings peace to the world. And we can only share in this peace when we share in ‘faith in Jesus’:
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. (John 14:27)
There’s a pretty cheesy bumper sticker out there… but it’s message makes a lot of sense: “No Jesus No Peace… Know Jesus Know Peace”.
This is the time of year to get aquianted (or reacquainted) with Jesus… and peace!