Could be that it still feels and looks like August. Then again it could be that for some it never feels like Christmas.
Christmas should assure us of peace and happiness, but for some it only brings pain and loneliness. This could be your first Christmas without a loved one. Could be you are away from those close to you. Maybe life just isn’t working out the way you thought it would be. Not enough money to make the ends meet. For some reason you just can’t get in the Christmas spirit.
One of my favorite Christmas stories is when the angels appear to the shepherds on the hillside at night. This is a pastoral scene where fear of angels becomes the promise of peace on earth.
Luke 2:6-14 says, “While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.
“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 of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.
‘This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.’
Christmas cards show this scene and try to bring peace and sanity to this hectic time of year. Watching the events of our world and we are no closer to peace than ever causes me to ask is peace possible?
The promise is possible. The baby Jesus grew up to repeat the same promise of peace. “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
It may be that we are expecting peace to come our way from the wrong source. Peace can only be guaranteed by one who is capable of providing and maintaining that peace. Not only is God love, He is peace. He is a constant source of stability in chaotic times.
Many of our Christmas blues are result of personal pain. This pain causes confusion, doubt, pain, a sense of failure, and definitely the idea that it’s over and it ain’t worth going on.
Remember the baby the shepherds went to see? He is proof that peace is available. What we have to do is look to the source of peace. Jesus died to provide us with peace in our hearts at all times. Not just then and there, but here and now.
If you’re feeling low, go outside in the evening look up and tell God,“I sure could use some of that peace you promised.” Remember, “You have not because you ask not.”