Christmas cards have angels proclaiming ‘Peace on Earth’, warm stables with a baby being cuddled, trees decorated and stars shining. The reality in Jesus’ day was very different.
Jesus was fully aware that our world is a violent place. That knowledge didn’t keep him from coming to be with us. He came in poor and as a refugee. He warned his followers that difficulties would come to them because of their faith. In Luke 21 he tells his followers that no matter what happens, we’re not to be afraid and we’re not to worry. God is always present and that all things will unfold into a good end. Don’t let circumstances overwhelm us, stand firm, trust in God and let the Spirit continue to care, protect and transform us. He taught us we are to forgive our enemies. As he hung dying on a cross, he expressed the desire that those who hurt him would be forgiven. He is the Prince of Peace.
In our confusing and violent world, may we set our lives this Christmas season to welcoming the Prince of Peace into our lives. Recently I’ve been challenged to find new ways to welcome him, new ways to live more non-violently. Over the next few weeks I want to share with you some of awakening moments I’ve had and some of the longings of my heart.
What does it mean to be a follower of the Prince of Peace in our world today? What does it mean to be a follower of the Prince of Peace in your everyday life?
Love and prayers
Community Leader Contemplative Fire Canada