This is the last sunday of Advent and the focus is on the gift of peace. Picture for a moment the manger scene. A young mother holding her tiny baby wrapped in swaddling clothes. She knows not what the future holds for her precious child, yet she knows that God is with her. Wise men have traveled from afar to worship the child bring expensive gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. The gifts symbolize kingship, priesthood, and burial; all tidings of the future of this child.

Shepherds gather in awe at the star in the Bethlehem sky and wonder what magnificent event could be happening. Amidst the clamor and hustle and bustle of the citizens rushing to their hometown for the census, and fears of the Roman rule under the evil King Herod, Jesus brings peace to a manger in the small town of Bethlehem.

So too, amidst the clamor and hustle and bustle of the Christmas rush, the ups and downs of the stock market, and the uncertainty of the times, Jesus still brings peace to us. He promised to give us peace. “Peace I leave unto you, my peace I give to you, not as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled neither be afraid.” (John 14:27)

Look not to the things of this world for peace, for true peace can only come from above. This Christmas, will you trust in Jesus and receive His precious gift of peace?

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2 thoughts on “Peace on Earth

  1. A Holiday Thought…

    Aren't humans amazing? They kill wildlife – birds, deer, all kinds of cats, coyotes, beavers, groundhogs, mice and foxes by the million in order to protect their domestic animals and their feed.

    Then they kill domestic animals by the billion and eat them. This in turn kills people by the million, because eating all those animals leads to degenerative – and fatal – health conditions like heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and cancer.

    So then humans spend billions of dollars torturing and killing millions more animals to look for cures for these diseases.

    Elsewhere, millions of other human beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition because food they could eat is being used to fatten domestic animals.

    Meanwhile, few people recognize the absurdity of humans, who kill so easily and violently, and once a year send out cards praying for “Peace on Earth.”

    ~Revised Preface to Old MacDonald's Factory Farm by C. David Coates~

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    Anyone can break this cycle of violence! Everyone has the power to choose compassion! Please visit these websites to align your core values with life affirming choices: http://veganvideo.org & http://tryveg.com

    “And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.” ~ Genesis 1:29

  2. Yes, there is great sin and violence in the world but I leave you with this verse to ponder also from Genesis regarding eating animals.
    “Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything. ” Genesis 9:3
    Peace starts from within and comes from above.
    Pass it on.

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