Jesus said, “I’m leaving you well and whole. That’s my parting gift to you. Peace. I don’t leave you the way you’re used to being left — feeling abandoned, bereft. So don’t be upset. Don’t be distraught. I’ve told you this ahead of time, before it happens, so that when it does happen, the confirmation will deepen your belief in Me.” John 14: 27, 29.
December is preoccupied with Christmas: the preparation, the celebration, and the recovery. It is anticipation and disappointment, expecting everything to be wonderful, and often it is not up to the level of our dreams.
But Jesus offers us the ultimate gift, His PEACE. Not a “warm fuzzy” that is dependant on people liking us, or giving us what we want, but a settled assurance in our hearts of His Love and care. It’s not dependant on our circumstances or happy thoughts, but on the facts of the results of Christ’s sacrifice, and our committment to obedience to Him. He gave us peace and we can extend His Peace to a world preoccupied with itself and its comfort (which has resulted in political instability and greed). We can demonstrate Peace in our attitudes, actions, and lifestyles.
Let your “Merry Christmas” exclamations be a challenge to experiencing the true Christmas “Peace”.<
©1999 D H Friesen