“Peace on Earth”

“Peace on Earth.”

Friday, December 7.

“Do not be afraid, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people.” Luke 2:10

Today is my daughter’s birthday.  Her name is Abigail meaning father’s joy.  Whenever her name is mentioned, joy is what I celebrate.  So I stayed up because of the time difference, to wish her happy birthday.  She responded as she has always, “Daddy I love you, take care and peace to you.”  As I read her respond, I thought deeply about the word peace.  The reality of the fact that I was in a hurry yesterday morning to attend the monthly meetings of pastors in the Hutch /Hays Districts. This was no calm attitude.  So I paused and reflected on God’s peace.  I thought about the good news, the angels who had come to announce Jesus’ birth brought.  The angels urged everyone not be afraid, for Christ will give us peace.  The reality around us is not peaceful.  There are wars and rumors of wars.  There are bitterness all over the place.  Hatred is apparent.  With all these sad conditions, we can count on one thing, God’s peace is everlasting.  The time will come when we will enjoy God’s peace.  We will have peace like we have never known before.  We will have peace with God.  Jesus defeated Satan.  The defeat of sin, and its leader Satan, assures us a place in God’s kingdom.  In God’s kingdom, we will enjoy life everlasting.  Ask God today for His peace to reign in your life.

Memory verse:Isaiah 26:3

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” John F. Kennedy