A Promise of Peace
Several years ago, we were living in a large city, and feeling the pressures of over-commitment, traffic, and crowds. I often thought about Reserve, New Mexico, where I had grown up--a place where it was hard to get over-committed and had absolutely no crowds or traffic! When I get stressed out, the slow pace of life I remembered in Reserve seems pretty inviting.
So I called my Mom. I said, "How's it going, Mom"? She said, "Boy, I've been so busy. I got so stressed out last week, I just had to get out of here. I went to Albuquerque, spent the night in a motel, then spent the day at the mall. It sure felt good to get away from all the pressure here." I couldn't believe it!
Dozens of people move to our area every month, hoping to escape the pressures of the life they left behind. But it won't take long before most of them realize that the stress and strain they wanted to leave behind has a way of finding their forwarding address!
Sure, its nice to get away once in a while and get some rest. But we can't spend the rest of our lives on vacation. What we need is a peacefulness that will be with us in the midst of difficult circumstances. What we need is the peace of Christmas.
At a time of year characterized by frantic activity and busyness, we find the reason that you and I can find peace in the midst of pain, uncertainty or confusion. Let's read about the:
PROCLAMATION OF PEACE
Luke 2:13, 14 "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.'"
I doubt that the shepherds understood all that this message entailed when they first heard it that evening. I doubt they had any concept of how far-reaching the peace proclaimed by that angel would be. But they understood enough to go seek out the one through whom this peace would come.
The angel's proclaimed that night that this ...
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