Every year when Christmas comes around, life can become very chaotic and stressful. We are pressured to buy gifts, put up decorations, prepare a great meal, and visit family. The list is endless. There seems to be no time to find the true meaning of Christmas.
Not just Christmas, but life has always been and will continue to be a struggle. But it’s at Christmas that we are reminded that Jesus came to bring peace. Really? Peace at Christmas? Peace is really the best gift we can receive at Christmas.
What is peace? Is it the absence of trouble? Actually, peace is not the absence of something, but the presence of something. Peace is the knowledge that God has everything under control.
There was once a king who offered a prize to the artist who could paint the best picture of peace. One picture was of a calm lake with peaceful mountains around, with blue sky and puffy white clouds. It was a perfect picture of peace. The other picture had mountains, but they were rugged and bare with an angry storm overhead and lightening. But in one of the crevices of the rock was a tiny bush where a mother bird sat on her nest. The king chose the second picture. He said, “Peace does not mean a place with no noise, trouble or stress. Peace means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.” I hope you find peace this Christmas.
This Sunday I continue my sermon series, The Gifts of Christmas. I will talk about the gift of Peace. I will continue in the traditional Christmas story in Luke 2 as the angels announced to the shepherds, “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace on earth, good will toward men.” (Luke 2:14)
The Christmas story is a story of peace. Discover how to have peace with God, peace in your soul, and peace with others.
Join us this Sunday, @ 10:30 a.m. I hope you will discover the peace of knowing Jesus.