Peace On Earth (or at least at home)

I pray for peace daily – and at Christmas we hear “peace on Earth; goodwill toward men!” proclaimed often in verse and song. But how do we achieve peace on Earth? Our son is currently serving in the Air Force in Korea while North and South Korea are “shaking their big sticks” at one another. So many peoople live in war-torn or impoverished nations. There is so much violence in our own nation’s cities. The hate-mongers seem to monopolize the airtime on cable news networks. So much sadness ~ so much despair. How can we achieve peace on Earth?

Let peace begin with me???  It’s a nice lyric but it seems too idealistic and unachievable.  I can’t even get along with my neighbors. And don’t get me started on most politicians; a lot of old people (my kids probably include me in this category); some clergy members; a few co-workers; and all bad drivers. And I’m certain that there are some days that Debbie would like me to go somewhere (anywhere) until I can return home in a better mood. 
 
So how do we achieve peace on earth? I guess (for me) I need to start at home. This Christmas season I will try (once again) to embrace the peace that Christ gives to us. I will love each of my family members and remind myself that they deserve the same patience and tolerance that they each afford me.

As I continue to grow spiritually I realize that peace doesn’t necessarily equate happiness or comfort. Peace is within each of us. Sometimes peace is tough (because we must face our fears and our own shortcomings) but it’s worth it.  And of course only God can bring true peace. Remember: we’re human – God is divine.
 
With peace comes hope. And hope transcends all. Some of you may be suffering this Christmas – with job loss; health issues; financial concerns; damaged or broken relationships. But Christ offers His constant love. With His love comes our hope and our peace. Even in tragedy (especially in tragedy) we are assured of His presence in our lives. We may not always be happy or comfortable but we are never alone. And in our joy and in our sorrow Christ remains ever-present.
 
God’s blessing to all of you. May you have a peace-filled Christmas.
 
Denis
 
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; Upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone.
For a child is born to us, a son is given us; upon his shoulder dominion rests. They name him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero, Father-Forever, Prince of Peace.
His dominion is vast and forever peaceful.
Isaiah 9:1, 5, 6

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