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.
John 14:27 (NIV)
The holiday season can evoke anxiety, and even fear. The world tells us we need to exceed expectations – throw the best dinner parties, have the most elegantly decorated homes, give the best gifts – and it causes stress. Rarely if ever during Christmastime does society encourage us to stop and be still.
Stillness and rest draw us closer to Jesus, and from him we receive the gift of peace. It isn’t peace brought on by fleeting things, rather it’s a peace that comes from knowing we’re preparing our hearts to celebrate Jesus’ birth. It’s a peace in knowing that nothing compares to the Utmost Gift given so many centuries ago. No gathering of people, in a home filled with gifts and wrapped in twinkling lights can compare to the heavenly hosts that stood beneath the brightest of stars to raise their voices and proclaim the Savior’s birth.
We’ve been given the gift of peace; it doesn’t go on sale and can’t be wrapped. It was delivered to us by the Father in the form of his Son.
For Today: Think of someone you know who might need encouragement today. Write them a note, send them an email, or give them a call. Above all, pray today and ask God to bless them with some time to stop and rest.