I’ve heard it said that a full day is one in which you both laugh and cry. If so, then yesterday was a full day; so was the day before. The fullness of the Christmas season seems also to mean fully experiencing life—the ups and downs and in betweens. We laugh as we watch Buddy the Elf, Ralphie, and Cousin Eddie. Some cry as they watch Hallmark movies (I, for one, can’t quite handle the Hallmark movies. Don’t hate me.) or Miracle on 34th Street. We laugh or cry, or maybe both, as we tackle baking projects…especially when we include our children.
That first Christmas night also took people on a journey from one emotion to the next. One minute, there are shepherds struggling to keep their eyes open and on their sheep, and the next angels show up and terrify them. Read Luke 2:8-15 to hear about their eventful evening.
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
The angels proclaim different blessings for different groups of people. For God, they declare glory. For those earthly creates with God’s favor, they declare peace. Those gifts couldn’t be more appropriate. God is…God…and therefore as deserving of glory as is possible. And those poor shepherds could use a strong dose of peace right about now. From night shift and bored to an angel and terrified, and now to a whole host of heavenly creatures—they’re due some peace.
Are you due some peace?
Today I spoke with a dad who is worried about his son. He’s a dad who’s already experienced the losses of a friend and immediate family members this year. He’s also celebrated answered prayers. As this year winds down, he’s due some peace.
I spoke with a wife who thinks her marriage is falling apart, who’s living in discord every day. She’s due some peace.
After a year of terrorists, tragedies, and a hatefully divided country, we’re all due some peace.
As Christmas quickly approaches, we seek peace and its Prince.
Questions for Reflection:
- Was yesterday (or today, depending on when you’re reading) a full day of both laughter and tears? Have you had a moment of peace?
- Have you had a full year that’s taken you down the gamut of emotions?
- When, this year, have you been like the shepherds—staying up late to keep watch?
- When, this year, have you been like the shepherds—terrified by a surprise?
Today, may our prayers echo the heavenly hosts, giving glory to God in the highest heaven, and asking for peace here, on earth.