It is the Christmas season! I had almost forgotten about that. Christmas is a season of hope because God rebuilds lives that have turned from him. That is a powerful picture as I drive past the ruins of the church building. Someone mentioned at a meeting last night that perhaps we should not mourn the ruins of the building, but rather the ruins of lives around us. That is a good point! Actually that is the point, isn’t it?
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. – Colossians 3:15
Christmas time brings peaceful thoughts to many, even if only for a short time. There is something about Silent Night and candles that just makes us slow down. I have often wondered what the night Jesus was born was actually like, though. How silent could that night have been? I guess the angels rejoiced while the town slept the night away.
But it is peace that He brings.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27
Jesus Christ brings peace to us. In Him we are brought into a peaceful relationship with God and with others. In Him we are able to find peace in chaos as we let the peace of Christ rule in us.
The end of last week someone placed a cross on the hill where our church once stood. The cross resembles the one that was there in the window at the front of the church. It is a powerful reminder that while evil destroys, the cross still stands giving peace to the hearts of men. Sure, the church building is unrecognizable, but the cross still speaks a message of hope to the people of our church and the people of the community. It is a message of peace to each other and, especially, peace with God.