December 28, 2018
For most of us Christmas is not a peaceful time. The influence of cultural pressures has shaped the season into a stressful time of hurried busyness that leaves us frenzied and frazzled, worried and wondering just how all this fits together with the true reason for the season. After all there are decorations to put up, trees that need trimmed, presents to figure out, buy and then get wrapped, crowds to deal with, parties to plan and attend, houses to clean, meals to make, goodies to bake. There are programs at school and at church. And all that while we get ready to close out another year and a week later start a new one.
How peaceful is your Christmas season? If we’re honest, we might choose words like busy, hectic, and frantic to describe our lives this time of year—or maybe all year round. Maybe it’s an overloaded schedule that robs you of peace. Or maybe it’s something more: relational conflict, pressure at work, a lost job, an illness. You name it. For many of us, peace sounds like a long way away. A good idea. A nice thought for the holidays. Something we long for. If only we could feel the peace of God with Us!
1. Peace brings wholeness to the brokenness within us
2. Peace brings quietness to the noises that bombard us
3. Peace brings calmness to the calamities that surround us
4. Peace brings praise to the messages that come from us