|Good Morning Everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “Celebrating is good for us”
Our Bible verse today: “Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:13-14 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “Celebrate the Prince of Peace”
I’m so glad the Christmas season is finally here. This is the time of year when people are inclined to put aside their fussing and fighting, their selfishness and bickering, to be a little more cheerful and a little more considerate of others. Boy do we need that this year!
In Luke 2:13-14 Luke records that the angels announcing the birth of Jesus declared that He would bring peace on earth to people on whom His favor rests. That was essentially a reiteration of Isaiah’s prophecy in Isaiah 9:6 that Jesus would be “The Prince of Peace”. He brings peace on earth to those upon whom His favor rests.
I sure do want His favor to rest upon me and I’m sure you do too. We all need to experience more of His peace. Often, for the Christian, the peace of Jesus is experienced in times of prayer, or in quiet meditation, or through the words of a song. It’s internal and personal and often occurs when we’re alone with Him. But the primary way the world gets to experience the peace of Jesus is when it flows through His followers and out to the world.
You’ve probably heard the old saying, “Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.” That saying has appeared in song lyrics, poems, stories, articles, and daily devotionals, and it has been attributed to many different authors. It was actually originally part of a children’s song composed by songwriting team Seymour and Jill Miller in 1955. But whatever the source, the theology is sound. If there is going to be peace on earth, or in our country, or state, or town, or home, it needs to begin with each of us individually. If the peace of Jesus is going to be experienced far and wide this Christmas season (as it needs to be), it will be up to you and me to be the conduits through which it flows to a broken, bleeding, and hurting world.
I encourage you to celebrate the Prince of Peace by being an emissary of His peace. Remind the world of what Christmas is really all about by sharing the peace brought to us by the Christ of Christmas.
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