Author: Sarah Rexford
Snow has fallen in large flakes, layering the ground like fine powder. Outside pine trees are laden with it, and inside the lights and ornaments pull the branches of our decorated trees just a little closer to the floor.
It’s the Christmas season.
It is the season known to be “cheery and bright” and bringing goodwill to all people.
But even at Christmastime some of us still do not feel the peace of the season. We worry about the shopping, wrapping, cooking, plowing… Or maybe our worries seem to be a little deeper. Maybe our worries concern family and friends.
The good news about this season is, regardless of where our minds turn in worry, thousands of years ago Jesus brought peace to earth.
This peace is not all-encompassing. It does not ease every mind or calm every heart… because we often don’t let it. But Jesus is more than capable of bringing peace to every family.
As the festivities continue this season, let’s look back on the peace Jesus brought as an infant in a manger. Salvation to humankind, love for His people… That is a peace not to take for granted.
This season, let’s press into the peace of Jesus Christ.
In the midst of giving and receiving, let’s remember Jesus gives peace. He does not give with a hidden agenda or a secret reason that hides selfish motives. He gives peace without measure and without discrepancy of what we have done.
We should also give in this same way: not with selfish motives but with selfless ones — enjoying the peace of Jesus and through our actions, and passing it on to others.
After all, the joy of the season is found not so much in the giving of gifts (however fun that always is!), but in sharing the peace of Jesus to all we come in contact with.