“The angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.'”
“Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.'”
After all the running around and days filled with events and busy-ness, when our family gets to Christmas Eve, a hush falls over the house. We have a tradition of sitting down to a nice meal (roast beef and the trimmings, plus stuffing, because my son loves it) and then heading to church for the candlelight service. By then, everything is done. Wrapped and ready. It’s time to savor.
When we enter the church, everything is dark. There is only a small light to illuminate the very front of the sanctuary. This represents the darkness that persisted in the world before the Savior was born.
First, we hear the prophesies foretelling Jesus’ birth and, finally, the account of how Hope entered the world through a tiny baby. As the candles are lit and passed from one person to the next, a sort of Holy Hush passes over the service.
“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you. ” Isaiah 60:1
Surely, there are still folks coughing and children whispering and squirming, but in my soul is a deep peace. To celebrate that Jesus came into the world to give us freedom from sin and a place as a child in the Family of God is what brings this sense of calm.
As busy as the season is, it all seems to stop when all my senses are focused on Him and His amazing love for mankind, that He would come, that He would give Himself to save us.
Oh, but this peace? It’s not just for Christmas. No! It is for every day, and for everyone. It is what He came to bring.
Yes, surely, there is noise all around us. There are wars and battles, both personal and global, but it is this peace that prevails.
It is this peace that can fill the souls of anyone who claims Jesus as Savior and Lord. It is this peace of which the angels sang. It can be found only through Jesus, but it is there for the taking right now to anyone who calls upon His name. It is wrapped and ready to receive and it’s time to savor it!
I hope and pray this blessed peace fills your heart this season, and always. What an amazing gift, if we’ll but receive it. *
Precious Prince of Peace, thank You for this amazing gift of peace, you came to bring. No matter what is happening around us, there is peace in our souls, if we know You. Thank You for that amazing privilege. Amen
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