When I think of the peace of Christmas. I think of choirs singing Silent Night. I think of sitting in my living room late at night looking at the twinkling lights of a Christmas tree. I think of riding through the neighborhood and looking at the Christmas decorations in the yard and I think of a baby lying in a manger late at night on that first Christmas.
But really do you think Mary was thinking how peaceful the night was? They were in a stable with smelly animals and she had to wrap her baby up in cloths that were probably barely clean much less sterilized. She laid her little baby down in a manger, a place that animals ate food out of. I’m sure she put the hay in there to make it a softer place for him to lay. I’m sure she swaddled him and sang him a lullaby to put him to sleep. And I’m sure there was something inside of her that had to be scared deep down in her soul. Mary was just a child herself and she had just given birth to the Savior of the world. And I’m sure she didn’t quite understand yet what that would mean. Do you think she felt peace? I hope she did on that night when the star shone so bright in the night sky and on a hill angels were announcing His birth to some shepherds. I hope that deep in Mary’s heart while the young girl was uncertain and possibly scared, I hope and I just can’t help but think, there was also peace in her heart as well. You see, when Jesus is present is when there is peace no matter what. And while he was just an infant, He was still Jesus! He always was, always is and always will be.
I pray that no matter what your circumstances are right now, that you will call on the name of Jesus to be your peace for Christmas and every day! In the midst of hard things and hard years Jesus is the only thing that can bring us PEACE! He brought us peace on that Silent Holy night so long ago, so that He could live in our hearts and we could know His peace. Peace even when things are hard, when there is a diagnosis that breaks our hearts, when loved ones are dying, when there are more days in the month than money, and when life and pandemics are present, because of Jesus we can still have peace that passes all understanding. Thats what makes the night Holy. Call on His name for your Peace. Like the angels said, it’s what He came for!
“Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” Luke 2:14