“And He Shall Be Called Prince of Peace”
It doesn’t take us long to figure out our world is not at peace. We can’t rest until the homeless are housed, the sick are healed, the hungry are fed, the naked are clothed, and the evil are holy. We can’t rest until the swords are transformed into ploughshares, the blind are transformed by sight, the lions are transformed into lambs and the imprisoned are transformed by freedom. We can’t rest until the Middle East knows peace, until Africa is fed, until China values human rights, until North Korea & Iran attend to their starving rather than their bombs and Iraq and Afghanistan are empty of our soldiers.
Yet the real peace is in knowing that Jesus, Prince of Peace, is with us in this human journey. With the birth of Jesus, it is well to reflect on His message of Peace and Hope. That is what we need this Christmas..the HOPE that Peace will prevail in our lives and in our world.
Instead of being in despair over the unrest around us – it is a gift to be able to wake each day to the knowledge that hope is alive in the person of Jesus. It is a gift to wake each day to know that Peace can come in small ways each day of our lives. It is a gift to wake each day to know that Peace in our world can happen through the hopeful efforts of small and large groups of individuals.
Awake to the Peace Christ brings to us this Christmas Day.