Wednesday, December 8, 2010

All I Want For Christmas...

Thanks to the tradition of Christmas music there are a number of ways to finish this statement.  All I want for Christmas is YOU!  All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth.  I have come to an altogether different Christmas wish this year.  I have come to understand that the most valuable thing to me is peace.
As the angels heralded the Birth of the Christ Child, their Christmas greeting to the shepherds and to all was "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men" (Luke 2:14). 

As the Savior was preparing His Apostles for the difficult times to come, He reassured them with the promise of another Comforter and the timeless offering:  "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you:  not as the world giveth, give I unto you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid" (John 14:27).

I am not so naive as to believe that the hearts of men all over the world will suddenly turn away from war and evil to embrace the peace of Jesus Christ.  But I do believe that this promise of peace can fill our troubled minds and hearts with comfort, with rest, and with a reprieve from the cares of our own personal struggles.  At times I think we all deal with an inward, inexplicable tumult that drags us down to depths we don't want to be in.

I caught a glimpse of the power that peace has in grasping us by the hand and pulling us up from those depths.  In my quiet little home, surrounded by the people I love, sitting in the glow of our Christmas tree, I felt the peace of the Savior and came to realize its priceless value. 

Although the mom in me has a strong desire to make sure everything is "just so" this Christmas, with all the surprises tied up neatly in a bow, my quest this year is to find peace; to nurture peace; to give peace; to rejoice in peace.

Maybe you will join me.

1 comment:

neffie said...

What an inspirational post, thanks! I often know I'm making a good decision when I feel peaceful about it, which is sometimes something I take for granted.