Peace on Earth
We have learned to explore the beauty and magnificence of outer space, but it's the inner space in us that needs to be rediscovered. The picture of racism and bigotry around the world is not pretty.
From way beyond earth came news about a remarkable peace that comes from outside of us and transforms us on the inside. Earthshaking! That's why the birth of Christ received such 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. 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. May it be a gift we share where we live.
Paul W. Swets