“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from old, from ancient times.”

Therefore Israel will be abandoned until the time when she who is in labor bears a son . . .

He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. And they will live securely, for then his greatness will each the ends of the earth.

And he will be our peace . . . (Micah 5: 2-5)

And he himself will be our peace . . . (Eph. 2:14)

 

Father, You have given each one of Your children the gift of peace, not just on that first Christmas Day, but every moment of every day. I pray that You will help me to keep opening the gift, marveling at the richness of Your love, the wealth of what You have provided in reality of Emmanuel — God with us.

For genuine peace can’t be found in resorts or spas, in books or mantras, in self-talk or isolation. Peace isn’t an absence of noise or activity or strife. Peace is the presence of Jesus in me, by His Holy Spirit. He himself is my peace. He himself — the reality of His coming, His teaching, His sacrifice, His resurrection, His promise to all who choose Him — this is the peace that overcomes every fear, every obstacle, every hardship the world can muster.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or nakedness or danger or sword? . . . No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  (Romans 8:35, 37-9)

Help me to cherish the Gift You have given: the gift of He, Himself; the gift of peace that passes all understanding.