Christmas has turned into one of the busiest, most frantic times of year, hasn’t it? How far this holiday has come from the most humble of origins.
Amidst concerts, travel, all of our planning, Christmas service preparations, parties Christmas shopping, two broken cars, the last 2 weeks, at least for us have been filled with “strife!” I know, that may be a stretch for such a definition…but it sure seems as if we’ve been immersed in anything but peace on earth…because we’re so consumed with ourselves, after all, we’re the consumer!
This November-December, I participated in several performances of Handel’s messiah…and each time, we sang those storied words that echo the voices of the prophets, anticipating the coming Messiah.
“And his name shall be called: Wonderful…Counselor…Mighty God…Everlasting Father…the Prince of Peace.” Our world…We…I desperately need the Prince of Peace. Because only that can bring us back to the true meaning of a baby, humbly born into a broken world that can change everything and spread the blessing of Emmanuel, God with us now, “Far as the curse is found.”
I want to close 2015 with these closing words of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.” These are a portion of my prayer as this year melds into a new one filled with new expectations and endless hope.
Oh come, desire of nations,
Bind all peoples in one heart and mind
Bid envy, strife, and quarrels cease…
Fill the whole world with heavens peace
May God richly bless you in 2016! Keep Reading…keep commenting…