December 23, 2018
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. – John 14:27
My day at work seemed to drag on forever. Tempers flared, headaches raged, and words were hastily spoken, then immediately regretted. Where was the “peace on earth” that the carolers sang about—the peace that was proclaimed by the angels to the shepherds when Jesus was born? It seemed that “peace” was a word no one knew existed.
Finally, I walked away from the noise and chaos surrounding me and slipped into the empty staff room for a break. I needed to be by myself. I picked up the phone and dialed the number of a good friend, who listened to my tired words and spoke softly in a calming way, promising to pray right then for me. After I said goodbye, I prayed for a few minutes, telling the Lord about the lack of peace I was feeling. As I thought on the Lord, away from the last-minute Christmas planning and clamorous office demands, I felt peace slowly settle over me—the same peace that the shepherds must have felt at the time of Jesus’ birth. I rested in the calmness that comes from praying and knowing that everything is okay inside, despite life’s situations that are pounding away on the outside. I felt my soul draw closer to the Lord, and the verse came to me, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.”
The joy of the Lord had brought comfort to my weary soul. The world had not stopped its hectic Christmas planning, but in the voice of my friend and the quiet time with God, a peace enfolded me.
Do you feel in need of real peace today, but cannot seem to grasp it among all the Christmas practices, shopping trips, budget concerns, and family needs that are calling? There is still peace on earth, and it will come to you if you take time to draw near to Jesus—the Savior who was born in a manger long ago.