The line snaked around the inside of the building. Angry voices raised in protest as people jostled to maintain their spot. An argument broke out over a popular toy down one of the aisles. Music blared overhead, and I stopped as I heard the words of the John Lennon song, “So this is Christmas.” I deeply sighed as I realized this is what Christmas has become for so many of us. Anger, frustration, dread, waiting and wanting now dominate this season of joy. What happened to change our hearts from celebrating Christmas as a sacred event into a commercialized nightmare?
Isaiah 9:6 “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (NIV)
Christ will be the Wonderful Counselor. This descriptive term echoes a peacefulness, which is lacking in our Christmas season today. My vision of a wonderful counselor sees a loving God sitting next to me as He listens with a caring heart. His presence offers comfort. This babe in the manager will be the eternal hope as His wisdom guides our steps on the path of life.
Isaiah 28:29 “This also comes from the LORD of hosts; he is wonderful in counsel and excellent in wisdom.” (ESV)
Luke 22:69 “But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God.” (NIV)
Our God is the Prince of Peace. Ah, peace! My soul longs for God’s peace in my life and world this Christmas season. I long to spend time in a church lighted only by candles, sing the old, traditional carols, and feel God’s presence settle the busyness of my heart. I want to make memories that will last longer than any gift I could buy for my family. Peace is the thing the entire world desires but does not know how to find. Jesus gives lasting peace to His people. He gives us peace for today, peace for Christmas and peace for all eternity.
Philippians 4:7 “Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (NLT)
Prayer: Lord Jesus, our hearts long for Your peace during the stressful holidays. The world offers us only worry and fear each day. Help us to experience the real meaning of Christmas this year. Help us not to look at things to comfort us but to turn to You alone. Grant us Your peace and lighten the burdens of our life. Let us always remember the gift of your Son each and every day. May the light of the first star of Christmas shine on us and remind us of your love. Amen
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Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”