Peace in a world and a time where chaos and destruction run rampant seems like an impossible idea. To the shepherds hearing the message of peace I assume that they could not even imagine the type of peace that the angels were proclaiming. They were a people who had been under oppression.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” (Luke 2:13-14)
This fourth week of advent we light the peace candle. This to remind us of the peace that comes with His coming. Thinking about the society we currently live in, I think that peace would be a welcome change. I see so much conflict between even families with the political climate.
And in despair I bowed my head
There is no peace on earth I said
For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men
But the bells are ringing
Like a choir singing
Does anybody hear them?
Peace on earth, good will to men
Then rang the bells more loud and deep
God is not dead, nor does he sleep
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail
With peace on earth, good will to menI Heard The Bells On Christmas Day- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
This line comes from one of my favorite Christmas songs. I often related to the verse part of this chorus, however the rest restores my hope. Hope in the one that brings us peace. Today and this week as we lead up to Christmas, how can we be carriers of God’s peace?