Psalms 34:14 Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.
A young mom sat down with a sigh, ‘twas some nights before Christmas, and all was awry.
No packages were wrapped, some not even bought, and Christmas was coming, like it or not.
Finances were tight, the work was relentless, where nothing could cease, pushing back any hope or a thought of some peace.
All through the house, the kids were still stirring, yes, even her spouse.
The kids were excited, hardly sleeping a wink. “Mommy”, yelled Jace, “I need a cold drink”, and Jared decided to make a big stink.
“Life’s not fair” he argued and cried that everyone, yes everyone is better, has more and he always has less when it comes to compare
Jill was no better, having been quite witty, slipping out of her bed to make herself pretty,
She knew just what had to be done, mommy’s makeup would be the place of her fun.
Oh the blush and lipstick were all over herself, on the floor and the carpet and Kona the dog, and even the top shelf.
When all of a sudden there arose such a clatter, the young mom jumped up forcing dishes to scatter.
A yell from the roof, as dad came a sliding, bundled in lights with shingles and gutters dividing.
It could have been worse, but he hit the inflated snowman that simply just burst.
It all was too much, the young woman exclaimed, this Christmas is not the peace on earth as it is proclaimed.
But as she sat at her table covering her ears from all the noise, she thought in her heart of all her past Christmas joys.
The time with the family and friends all together, celebrating the birth of her wonderful Savior.
Yes, Jesus it is, the One to adore, where peace is found and oh so much more.
OK… I will stop at my lame attempt to talk in rhyme, but the reality is Christmas can be a very hectic and chaotic time. We sing and hear of ‘peace on earth,’ but don’t get how it’s tied to a birth. Ahhh! I can’t stop!! But I think you get it. Jesus is called the Prince of Peace Isaiah 9:6-7. Yet, where is the peace? We want peace to come about like a quiet snow at night, where all seems to stop and the only sound is your breath, and it just appears. Yet, as Psalm 34:14 says, it’s something we ‘seek’ and ‘pursue.’ To seek is to expend effort to search it out like searching for hidden treasure. To pursue means to run after like chasing after an important paper blowing in the wind. But this sense of peace is not created through our own efforts! Peace comes as we seek Jesus and pursue Jesus.
Romans 5:1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
When we grasp Jesus in faith (faith is belief in Jesus as Savior and Lord), we have peace with God. See, we humans have a problem. We wear the shame and guilt of sin (Roman 3:23, 6:23), and that sin has separated us from God (Isaiah 59:2). But Jesus came to deal with that friction between God and humanity, and when we embrace this truth in faith, we have an amazing inner peace. Not only that, Jesus said He would give us His peace.
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
This peace comes as we learn of who Jesus is and all He has done. So a way to seek peace and pursue peace is to read about Jesus in the Bible. The Bible books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are four unique views of Jesus’ life and purpose.
As we embrace the Prince of Peace, we can see and pursue peace with others.
Hebrews 12:14 Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.
Romans 12:16-18 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
Yes, Christmas is hectic. There is a lot to do. But why not seek peace and pursue it? It just might be what makes your Christmas the #bestchristmasever.
Church at Christmas time is a wonderful place to learn of the peace we can have in Jesus. If you don’t already have a church you regularly attend, we would like to invite you to Cypress Church or any of our branch churches. Our website has more information: http://www.cypresschurch.net.
Seeking and pursuing peace this Christmas along with you,