December 23 – GIVE JOY – Have Peace

Read Luke 2:14 & Colossians 3:15

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”

“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

There’s something peaceful about Christmas. That can be hard to remember in the bustle of the holidays. Days of shopping, baking, and traffic can become more stressful than peaceful. Yet in the midst of all we are doing, we sense that things should be quieter and slower.

We try to hold onto glimpses of stillness: a moment in front of the tree while decorating, the solitude of the drive home from the late Christmas Eve service, or that moment once all the Christmas gifts have been opened and the kids sit happily playing with their toys.

Peace, however, is hard to find—not just at Christmas, but all through the year. Tired from the troubles in our nation, communities, and relationships we welcome the words of the angels in Luke 2:14 as they announce Jesus’ birth.

As we surrender control of our lives and allow the love of Christ to rule in our hearts, peace is born in us. (Colossians 3:15) We then become ambassadors of peace in our relationships, our schools, our work, and our world.

Give Joy Idea:

Give Joy by sharing things with your family that you are thankful for this Season.

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