“For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. And the government will rest on his shoulders. These will be his royal titles: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
Isaiah 9:6 (NLT)
When asked to explain what the four candles of an Advent wreath represent, seven-year-old Luke began to explain, “There’s love, joy, peace, and…”
His six-year-old sister piped up, “I know!” She said excitedly, “Peace and quiet!”
If there is anything that Advent doesn’t bring to us it’s Peace and Quiet. We sing, “Silent Night,” but our hearts are far from being silent. We read the heavenly hosts’ words about peace on earth, but peace has escaped not only our lives, but our vocabulary.
What’s a person to do? There always seems to be two ways of thinking about the matter. First, just accept it. This is the way the Christmas season is. Just cope with it as best as you can. Or second, just forget it. Christmas is way too commercial. Let’s just get rid of all the hype and gaudy trappings.
Perhaps there is another way. I don’t believe we have to resign ourselves to the frenzy, nor do we have to trash all our Christmas decorations. Just as in our everyday lives, true peace comes not from a lack of activity around us, but from an abiding presence within us. It comes from having our hearts and minds focused on what is truly important. Don’t focus on the energy sapping, joy stealing hysteria of the world, but on Christ Jesus, the Prince of Peace.
Remember that Christmas is about Jesus and why He came to earth and lived in human flesh. Remember that Christmas is about sharing the love and joy that we have because of the love that was shown to us through Jesus Christ. Remember that all of the decorations and activities are pointless unless you have a reason to celebrate.
Do you want a little peace and quiet during the holidays? Think about Jesus and how much God must have loved you to send Him to earth. Do that a couple of times a day between now and Christmas. I think it will make a difference.
May our days of Advent be ruled by the Prince of Peace. May Your holy love and not our schedules control our hearts.
In the mighty name of Jesus we pray. Amen.