Peace on Earth
We have learned to explore the beauty and magnificence of outer space, but we have not learned to calm an existential anxiety within. It's the inner space in us that needs to be transformed.
Some 2,000 years ago, from way beyond earth came news about a remarkable peace that comes from outside of us and transforms us on the inside. Earthshaking! Heaven, too! We date our calendars from that event.
The birth of Christ received a huge announcement from a "multitude of the heavenly host:"
"Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!"
Christ followers believe that the "wars" within and the ugliness we see in our relationships is all part of our sinful human condition. But peace is given by Christ to those who believe in him, who receive the redemption he is able to offer because he took upon himself on the cross the penalty we deserve for our sin. As a result, Christ gives deep, inner peace to all who believe in him.
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you."
My Christmas prayer is that the whole world will one day know that peace. Many have received this peace through Christ, but there are so many who need yet to experience it.
May this Christmas time begin a new sense of peace in your heart. Then pray with me for there to be peace on earth. Become a peacemaker. May it be a gift we share where we live.
Paul W. Swets