For He Himself is our peace. – Ephesians 2:14
Oh, my goodness. Overnight, the calendar turned to December 26th and with it, Christmas carols are off the radio and everything is about bargain shopping, goal setting, and resolutions.
Let me remind you – the season of Christmas only began yesterday and goes until Epiphany – January 6th! It’s not over! Take your time – let nothing rush you through the true meaning of the season – it all can wait.
It’s wise to unwind before moving on to the next thing. Enjoy the season.
I held a Christmas party a few weeks ago and gave ornaments with various words on them to my friends at the end. The words were peace, faith, noel, and joy.
When choosing which one to take home, they repeatedly looked for the peace ornament among the others.
In fact, at the end of the party, the faith, noel, and joy ornaments remained, but every one of the peace ornaments was gone.
Oh, friends, we want peace. We can search for it among the other things striving for our attention, but peace cannot be ours unless we choose it.
There’s a truthful saying:
Peace comes not from the absence of trouble, but from the presence of Christ.
We rush from one thing to the next to avoid feeling the anxiety that comes from our complicated lives. But avoiding our troubles also means avoiding the peace of Christ because He is present in the middle of it all.
In other words: To run away from trouble is to run away from Jesus.
Maybe your Christmas was a mixed bag of joy and sadness, of counting blessings and counting losses – of joyful tears and a few sad ones too.
Maybe you are apprehensive as the new year approaches and what it may bring to your complicated life.
In this time of in-between, God has given us space to sit with the Christmas story a bit longer. It’s not over. Let’s lean into His presence and choose to experience His peace.
There is plenty of time to dream and plan for the new year, but in this last week of 2021, we can rest, reflect, and ‘be’ with the One who came to earth to join us in our humanness.
Jesus came to remind us that in the middle of all we are carrying now and in the future, He is our peace.
Merry Christmas and so much love to all!