Isaiah 9:6 – “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father,Prince of Peace.”
Growing up in a family with five children, Christmas was a noisy affair, full of activity, music and colour. I was a typical child, and I enjoyed all the excitement and anticipation that led up to the grand event. However, even at a young age, I instinctively knew I needed my time away from the hustle and bustle. I needed a sanctuary, a bubble of peace.
One of my favourite places to find respite from all the hubbub was underneath the Christmas tree. I would lie on my back, take off my glasses and look up through the branches at the glowing lights and tinsel. Being extremely nearsighted had its advantages, the resulting astigmatism created a soft halo around each Christmas light, creating a fairyland where an imaginative girl could dream for a while. The chatter and noise of a busy household would fade away. In those quiet moments, I understood the lyrics of one of my favourite carols. “Peace on Earth, Goodwill to man.”
Our Heavenly Father invites us to make our permanent abode in His Kingdom of Peace. Although we are free to come and go as we please, it is for our betterment that we make this Kingdom our permanent home, for it is only in that Kingdom that we find the rejuvenation and restoration we need to minister to the world around us.
Colossians 3:15 – “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.”
In the midst of the Christmas rush, never forget that His Kingdom of Peace dwells within you, and you carry it wherever you go. May God’s peace, love and joy flood your heart this Christmas season and the year to come.
Until next week,
2015 Katherine Walden
All scripture references are taken from the English Standard Version (ESV) unless otherwise noted.
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