In Search of Peace
by Michelle Medlock Adams
I look forward to decorating for Christmas every single year, and finally, our tree decorating night had begun. As Jeff wrapped the lights around the branches, I unwrapped each ornament that we’d carefully stored the year before. Well, I thought we had carefully stored them, but as it turned out, I hadn’t wrapped all of the breakable ones in enough bubble wrap because my red glittery “Peace” ornament now just said, “Pea.”
Not exactly the same sentiment…
However, we had a good laugh about it and retired that ornament. (I am currently in search of a replacement one so let me know if you see a red glittery “Peace” ornament, OK?)
So, I don’t have “Peace” on my tree this year, but I do have peace in my heart. I hope you do, too.
You know, there’s a lot of talk about peace during the Christmas season. We send out holiday greeting cards that say, “Peace to your family.” We sing Christmas songs and belt out the lyrics, “Peace on earth.” You might say that peace is quite popular during the holidays. But as Christians, we don’t have to wait until Christmas to enjoy peace. In fact, if we welcome God into our lives, we can experience peace all year through.
I’m talking real peace, not the superficial, glittery kind that can be broken. God’s kind of peace isn’t a temporal thing that is affected by the outside world or negative circumstances. It’s a peace that passes all understanding, and it only comes from God.
John 14:27 says, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
This year has been a little crazy to say the least. I’m pretty sure we can all use a good dose of that supernatural peace right now. No matter what is going on in your corner of the world or the world at large, you can have a peaceful heart because the Prince of Peace resides there.
So I say, Merry Christmas and peace be with you this season, and all year through.