‘Peace be with you,’ is at the heart of the Christmas message and the heart of our faith. The angel proclaimed this to Mary in Luke 1:28 and Jesus promised the disciples that He would leave his peace with them, a peace that the world cannot give, in John 14. Throughout the New Testament many of the blessings include ‘peace be with you’.
In today’s age everything can be seemingly growing faster, harder or uncertain. Jesus wants to connect with us again this Christmas and remind us of His peace, that can come to us and live in us.
As we approach Christmas we can both reflect on all that has been great… the church away day, the baptisms, the confirmations, the testimonies, the Bible readings, the people free from debt and the lives changed to mention but a few. We can also pray and prepare, taking time out to connect with Jesus, thinking about how to bless others and preparing our hearts. We can take the time to invite people to the services or for a cup of coffee or mulled wine just for a chat. We could also be praying for the five people on your prayer cards to come to know Jesus and His peace.
And then… we get to celebrate His peace with us, with our families or with our friends, and thank Him for the good things that He has done for us this year.
Then as we reflect again or as Mary did, treasure the good things in her heart, it encourages us to prepare for the next year, in hope expectancy and joy. Where there is sadness we can invite His peace and comfort to come to us, as Emmanuel God with us, into the New Year.
Let us pray for, invite and welcome, our family, friends and community to connect with Jesus who brings His peace to us this Christmas.
With every blessing this Christmas.