“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
In this time of year, the word “peace” is a commonly used greeting. It is used in countless holiday songs and decorations for the season. The dictionary definition of “peace” is stated as “a state of tranquility or quiet, or “mental calm, serenity.” This seems ironic, because for many of us, peace is a difficult state to achieve this time of year. The hustle and bustle of shopping, the stress of traffic and work deadlines, and even difficult milestones of memories without our loved ones can make peace the last thing on our minds.
In the past few months, I have struggled greatly with the concept of peace. Beyond the business of graduate school, job searches and the holiday whirlwind, I have also been reflective on the state of the world. The war, politics, the election and on a more personal note, the heartache of the first Christmas without my grandfather, have put my head in a spin. Therefore, as I read the verse from Luke and consider the emotions of Advent, it seems nearly impossible to believe that peace would be what the angels suggested.. Until, I read this verse a in a new light. The shepherds to whom the angels appeared were filled with fear, anxiety and the multitude of emotions many of us feel. However, upon hearing the good news, they continued to follow the star, to find Christ and ultimately, peace. This brought a moment of clarity- the peace we all seek is only found in Him, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
This Christmas season, take time turn your focus away from the busyness of the world. Remember, instead, that the true meaning of Christmas is Christ. Christmas lead to Calvary, and Calvary, our salvation, and salvation- peace. Christ, in dying upon the cross, has forgiven us for our human flaws and sins and has relieved us of the fear of death. Because of Him, we will live forever in His glory. Because of His birth and ultimate sacrifice, we know we have eternal life. It is in this knowledge that we must find our ultimate peace.
May your hearts be filled with joy, love and peace this Advent, and throughout the New Year. God bless you always.
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