“Because of God’s tender mercy, the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace.” – Luke 1:78-79
Jesus brought peace to Earth. After his birth/life/death/resurrection, the next step of the plan is to empower us to continue bringing peace on his behalf. We are given the tools to be peace makers and reconcilers. We have the opportunity to experience inner peace and offer the same to others.
Peace in the hearts of the lonely and Peace in the hearts of the angry. Peace for Aleppo and peace for our families.
I like the idea of Peace resting in hearts and minds because that’s where our thoughts and feelings originate. And then we act out of those thoughts/feelings. So if I think peace, I’ll feel peace. And if I feel peace, I’ll behave peacefully.
Peace isn’t the same as flimsy positivity. Peace isn’t trite wishful thinking. Peace feels authentic to the person living it, and is more likely to seem real to onlookers too.
This Peace leaves room for bittersweet Christmases — for melancholy and grief. Maybe this Christmas is more difficult than last year. Maybe it’s just different. But if we walk into our Christmas with some semblance of Peace coursing within us, we can keep inhaling and exhaling and offering compassion to the people around us.
Sometimes the circumstances of our lives are not good. Sometimes circumstances are awkward or unfortunate or even awful. One day, all will be made right and we won’t have to worry about any discomfort or pain. But until then, I do earnestly believe we can see goodness in the land of the living. I believe we can remember the joy we’ve felt in the past; settle into peaceful contentment in the present; and hope for a future that’s full.
“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach.” – Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol