What a noisy world. Constantly bombarding us with the latest scandal – and then there’s news of volcanoes erupting, submarines lost, hurt after hurt.
Weary ears yearn for quiet, for all this to just stop, even for a moment. But it doesn’t. So can there be peace in the commotion? I’ve tried quiet walks, many try meditation, others pop in their earbuds. Still the noise, the bombardment returns. Only one source I know of.
Quiet descends as God’s Book is opened, in those moments there’s only one Voice. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13 NIV) Oh how we all need to know it won’t always be this way, but there will be an always where tragedy won’t even be a memory.
Here comes Christmas – to be celebrated for Who came not what’s under the tree. Celebrated for why He came, not for another party excuse. Celebrated because Jesus is the guarantee of what is to come. He is the peace in the midst of all that we witness around us or find ourselves swept up in.
So I’m thinking this year maybe a little less glitter, and a lot more glory? Merry Christmas answered to ‘Happy Holidays’ – a warm meal and some money to the homeless man – paying for the purchase of the one in line behind us? A tired waitress not only given her tip but a copy of the Word? What ways can glory be what we give this year?
We can wait on the world through politics, ecology, psychology, etc. to fix itself. But it will be a long wait. If you don’t know Jesus, let Him be your gift. If you do, then give Him glory and find the peace you so long for. His glory renews the wonder in our hearts so His peace can reign in another’s exhausted soul.
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests.” (Luke 2:14 NIV)
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