Christmas - Peace - Day 8

Opening Prayer: 

Dear Lord, help us to examine this Scripture about hope and be motivated to draw near to You in reverence and awe.  In Your name, amen.

 

Read: Luke 2:9,10, 13-16 NIV

 “An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people……. Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”  When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”  So, they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.”

 

Reflect: 

This week of Christmas we will be focusing on God’s gift of peace.  In this day and age, it seems this is a concept beyond our grasp.  As I started reading through this very familiar Scripture, the words of the Christmas carol, “Silent Night” continually ran through my mind.

“Silent night, Holy night,

All is calm, all is bright

Round yon virgin Mother and Child

Holy infant so tender and mild

Sleep in heavenly peace

Sleep in heavenly peace”

Having had the opportunity to spend an evening on a hillside in Israel, I can picture what it must have been like for the shepherds on the night described.  In my mind I see a cool, crisp, dark evening.  The shepherds were not expecting anything to happen.  Suddenly the darkness is pierced by this angel who has the glory of the Lord shining around him announcing the birth of the promised Messiah and promising peace.  The shepherds then hurry off to see this new born Savior.

 

This promised peace will only come when we can separate ourselves from the commercial and very busy Christmas we have here in the United States.  We need to have the “silent night” to focus on the Babe in a manger, The One who grew into the promised Savior who died for our sins. It is only when we focus on Him in silence that we can truly find the peace that passes all understanding.

 

Apply:  

Take some time away from everything this week to read through the Scriptures that contain the Christmas story.  Take time to quietly read through some familiar Christmas carols.  Having a quiet time with the Lord will help you begin to experience peace this Christmas. 

 

Closing Prayer: 

Our Lord, help us to find the quiet, peaceful time with You this week, so we can find the true peace You offer us. In Your name, amen.

Today’s Family Christmas Calendar Activity:

Read Luke 2:13-21 and sing Christmas songs together as a family.

Pick up a calendar at your campus. Learn more at ChristmasAtPathway.com

Terry Schneider