Christmas Peace, Not Chaos
An impending winter storm has closed schools in our area. The raindrops ping on the windows. The temperature drops. Freezing rain, sleet and snow are anticipated over the next few days.
For several days the weather forecasters have shown detailed weather maps of the cold front that has arrived. Newscasters warn of what to do if the power goes out. They interview folks in grocery stores stocking up. Kids are happy to be home with no school, but they fight. Moms think of their emergency winter activity plans to keep the kids occupied. The change in weather brings some chaos to everyday life. Though the forecasters try to prepare us, there is still uncertainly and restlessness of what will happen.
Everyday many situations and people rob us of peace. A baby in the night cries and the mom wonders if she’ll ever have a silent night again. The caregiver of a terminally ill person wonders how much longer must the loved one suffer. Financial stress and job uncertainty increase worry and can cause health problems.
All this on top of the hectic Christmas season with its extra demands. It’s easy to let the chaos overwhelm us and discourage us.
Would a message of peace help?
Over 2000 years ago an announcement resonated through the heavens. This wasn’t a short blurb, but a bold declaration of peace.
“Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:14.
The revelation of a new peace startled the unsuspecting shepherds. The Roman world was experiencing the Pax Romana (Roman Peace) marked by civil law and order. The angels interrupted the ordinary night with the proclamation of a deeper, more lasting cessation of conflict than anything offered by the government—a calmness of mind and soul made possible by the Savior.
The proclamation of Christmas peace spans the centuries. We can have peace, not conflict, with God.
Let God’s peace interrupt the chaos or uncertainty of everyday life.
Here are some tips to help guide you:
- Quiet your mind in the midst of decorating, shopping or referring the kids.
- Close your eyes and take a deep breath.
- Re-focus your heart on the Prince of Peace.
- Be still and know that He is God (Psalm 46:10).
May you know His Christmas peace in the chaos of life.
Listen and watch one of my favorite Christmas pieces, “Stille Nacht,” by Mannheim Steamroller.
Next in the blog series Words for Christmas: Wonder.