“For a Child will be born to us, a Son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace,” Isaiah 9:6.
“He, Who had made humanity, became man. He, Who created His mother, was born to her. He formed the hands that carried Him. He filled the breasts that fed Him. The Word, without eloquence[,] is rendered mute–an infant, wordless, in a manger.” Augustine, trans. S. Watts, from God Above All.
Two or three weeks before Christmas is often not a time of peace for many who celebrate a modern Christmas, especially in America.
Peace sometimes comes through pleasant circumstances when we feel like we’re in control and things are going our way.
Yet the promise of Christmas does not come from us being in control, quite the opposite. And it doesn’t come from things going our way.
The wordless infant in the manger had crafted the world He came to. Those He made would care for Him and later look to Him for help and healing. Some would seek His death; they would watch Him die.
Old and new followers would marvel at His resurrection.
Many would follow so closely as to give their lives for the One who made them and died on their behalf.
He brought inner peace to people living in outward turmoil. He still brings that peace today.
If we can be still enough to find it.
18 Replies to “Advent, Week Two, Peace”
How very true Ms. Nancy. His peace awaits us, but we have to be willing to accept it. I’m always amazed at how self-important we’ve become. Thank you for this gentle reminder to seek the true source of peace in our lives.
Amen, JD. May He bestow you with an abundance of peace this holiday season. Thanks and God bless!
These truths are incredibly powerful. Thank you, Nancy! “The wordless infant in the manger had crafted the world He came to. Those He made would care for Him and later look to Him for help and healing. Some would seek His death; they would watch Him die.”
Thank you, Melinda. God bless.
Beautiful and true points you make here. This is a truly moving post, Nancy! Thank you!
Thank you, Melinda. Merry Christmas and God bless!
Amen. The peace of God can be found when we seek Him. Merry Christmas!
Thanks, Melissa. Merry Christmas and God bless!
Such truth. That peace and rest are available, right now, to EVERY believer. It takes a willingness to be still to experience it.
Being still is something I struggle with but have made recent progress toward that end. Thanks, Jessica. God bless!
Peace is something our world desperately needs and only our Savior can provide it. Wonderful message, Nancy
Thanks, Yvonne. Peace to you and yours. God bless and merry Christmas.
I love this time of year – contemplation is something I enjoy doing, so being “still enough to find” peace is a joy for me! Thanks for the reminder.
Merry Christmas, Lisa. I love this time of year too. May the Lord bring you hope, peace, joy, and love. God bless!
You’ve beautifully illustrated a Christmas paradox, Nancy. I’ve often wondered if Mary pondered these things in Luke 2:19. I praise God for peace found within the most chaotic of circumstances. Blessings to you!
Blessings to you too, Annie. Merry Christmas!
Nancy, this is simply beautiful! And thankful for this: “He brought inner peace to people living in outward turmoil. He still brings that peace today.”
Thank you, Karen. God bless! Merry Christmas. His peace to you and yours.