Whether my sermon Sunday was good or not, it seemed to resonate with a lot of people. For those who missed it, I preached about peace. And more specifically, how we don’t often have it. This season of the year where we celebrate the coming of the Prince of Peace, is often the most chaotic, stressful, and busy season of the year. Frankly, there’s not a lot of peace in the Christmas season.
And our congregation seemed to agree. I heard so many of them speak, after the service yesterday, about the general lack of peace in their lives right now.
I get it…this time of the year is nuts. Kids are ready for Christmas and the holiday break from school. Calendars are loaded with extra events. Presents need to be bought and money is tight. It’s a stressful time.
So, in the midst of this anxious, busy, chaotic season, I pray that you will intentionally look for ways to have more peace in your family, home, and life. Maybe that means developing daily rhythms that will slow you down and give you time to reflect on the meaning and significance of this season. Maybe that means fewer gifts and more quality time with loved ones instead. Maybe it just means being more consciously aware of the lack of peace in your life and a commitment to living with more peace.
Whatever it takes, I pray that you will grab hold of peace over the next few weeks. May the God of Peace surround you with his shalom. May all in your life line up with the way God intended the world and your life to operate. May the peace of Christ go with you, wherever He may send you.