For What It’s Worth,
Consider Christmas Peace

By E. J. Bradshaw

Over twenty centuries ago, some “shepherds were abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; you shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” Luke 2:8-14.

Over two thousand years have passed, and the world has known very little peace and our day is no exception.

A part of the problem is that we search in all the wrong places for what we know not. Jesus explained, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27. The world’s concept of peace is the absence of hostility and adversity – no trouble – difficulty – disappointing circumstances. The peace that God gives is peace in the midst of every circumstance. The story goes that a connoisseur of the arts commissioned two artists to paint their concept of peace. One was from a rural farmer’s background; and he painted a farm house scene with the farmer on the porch in his rocking chair – birds were singing – the dog was sleeping in the front yard and smoke from the cook stove was spiraling almost straight up. The other painted a dark, dark cloud with lightening flashing across the sky and the ocean waves beating high against the rocky shore line, and nested in a crack of the rock, a sparrow resting serenely through the storm. God’s peace is present during the Katrinas, Ritas and economic depressions.

The problem of a lack of peace comes mostly from within us. “I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the Lord; and I will heal him. The wicked are like the troubled sea when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up dirt and mire. There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.” Isaiah 59:19-21.

So, on this Christmas Day, turn in faith to the prince of Peace who is Christ the Lord and receive that peace within that only He can and will give. To all, a Merry Christmas! God Bless!

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