HOPE. PEACE. JOY. LOVE.
Tuesday, December 8
The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace. - Numbers 6:24-26
We are struggling. We are in turmoil; around the world, around the nation, and just around the corner. Domestic violence, road rage, ISIS, the Middle East... the list goes on and on. You don't have to be a genius or watch the evening news to know the growing human problems of our ever smaller and more crowded world -- living next to one another, tolerating one another, just getting along. We see examples in our personal lives almost every day. Sometimes we are just overwhelmed with sadness when we see the anger of our fellow man.
We try to cope. Sometimes we hide out. Often we just try not to watch. It makes us feel better, safer, more secure. "It's all those other people who just can't get along," we say to ourselves. "It's their problem." Yet we know deep in our hearts that it's our problem too. Sometimes we are the problem. It starts with us, doesn't it? So, what to do?
We look for a sign, a symbol of strength, a guidepost -- something outside ourselves, bigger than ourselves, something more durable, more lasting. Something we can grab and hold onto, take home with us, teach our children, and pass onto our neighbors. Something that will be there tomorrow, the day after, and the day after that. Down deep we need a symbol, a hero, something or someone to lead us, to guide us, to strengthen us, to cause us to say to ourselves, "I care, and I want to make a difference'.
The peace of Christmas can be our example, and Christ our hero. Christmas comes only once a year, but can remain in our hearts all year long. It's a magical season, filled with good will and warm feelings. Our challenge is to make it last, to become perpetual givers of the peace of Christmas, passing the peace to others just as Christ did with his disciples.
Lord, I pray that you let the spirit of Christmas peace live in my heart throughout the year, reminding me that Peace on Earth starts with my actions toward others, each and every day. Amen