Friday, December 21, 2007

Christ Brings Peace

This season has been very full for me and my family. My house has been filled with family and activities that come with extra people in the house. The days are full---with touring the island of Maui for first-time visitors, with preparing meals, shopping and wrapping packages, playing games, etc. Our son, Rich, has been involved in a very stressful launching of a new program at his workplace that has involved long and hard hours. Our grandson, Bryan, faced final exams for the first time in his life and studied hard for them all week. In and through all the busyness, God speaks to us in various ways. Even while touring the island, God reminds me of His creative beauty. While sitting in the evenings around the Christmas tree, and watching Christmas programs, God's voice reminds us that He is the reason for the season. This morning during my devotional reading, I read The Daily Bread and wanted to share what Wednesday's devotional wrote.

"Let us at all costs avoid the temptation to make our Christmas worship a withdrawal from the stress and sorrow of life into a realm of unreal beauty. It was into the real world that Christ came, into the city where there was no room for Him, and into a country where Herod, the murderer of innocents, was king.

"Jesus comes to us, not to shield us from the harshness of the world but to give us the courage and strength to bear it; not to snatch us away by some miracle from the conflict of life, but to give us peace---His peace----in our hearts, by which we may be calmly steadfast while the conflict rages, and be able to bring to the torn world the healing that is peace."

"Christmas is not a retreat from reality but an advance into it alongside the Prince of Peace."

Christ brought peace to the nation of Israel by His birth and who would then later reject Him as King. Christ brought peace to the world by His sacrifice on the cross for our sins. Christ promises peace for eternity when we leave this earth. How about today? Will you allow His peace to permeate your heart today and throughout this wonderful Christmas season where we celebrate God's gift of His Son to a very needy world. Christ is our peace!

Have a very peaceful Christmas!


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