There are many words people often use to describe the Christmas season, including busy, hectic, frustrating and expensive. That’s the way it is for many American families. So many people say they are glad when the season ends.
The words that should come to mind are inspirational, spiritual, joyful, giving – and the one I want to talk about is the word peaceful.
More than 2,000 years ago when the birth of Jesus Christ was revealed to the shepherds, they were told that the coming of the Christ child meant peace on earth and goodwill toward men.
This promised peace was not a superficial peace but a peace that would bring rest to the troubled mind and soul caused by sin and the cares of this world.
Jesus later said in John 14:27: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
This peace didn’t just come into people’s lives because Christ came to earth. It comes when we accept the Lord Jesus into our lives and choose to follow him.
In Matthew 11:28, Jesus offers us an invitation to come to him to receive this peace: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
My prayer for you is that this season so full of parties, events, decorating and shopping will not become a dreaded time of year for you but instead will end up being a time of peace because of the presence of the Prince of peace in your life as you take time to celebrate our Lord’s birth.
At 6:45 p.m. Dec. 14, we will go caroling in some of the neighborhoods.
At 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve, we will have a candlelight service.
Then, of course, on Christmas Day, we will celebrate the Lord’s birth at 10:30 a.m.
These are just some of the ways to experience peace, and we invite you to join us.
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