Luke 2:13-14 – The angels praise and glorify God

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace among those whom he favours!”

Peace - Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontario

This Christmas, the angels’ promise of peace is one of the most appealing and elusive being made. We desperately need and crave peace. And not just peace for our world, but also peace for our lives. Our need for peace is firstly, and most obviously, the desire to see an end to conflict and violence, rage and aggression. But this need is also a need for reassurance that all is well, and our lives, and the world, are in balance. This second form of peace comes when we are at ease with our circumstances. This doesn’t however mean peace will only be achieved when we have solved every issue we face. Rather, we reach this peace when we (to borrow an old phrase), ‘let go and let God.’ We can have peace, even just for a few moments in a day, when we give our problems and worries over to God and rest in the assurance that his vision is bigger than ours, his power rises above ours, and that nothing is impossible with God.

Sovereign God, our lives and our world both crave peace. Help us, we pray. Be with those who work towards an end to conflict and a reconciling of all Your children. Strengthen and guide them in their efforts for peace. Guide us also each day to recognise the conflict in our lives and to let go of the expectations and wants that feed our discontent. Help us release our worries to Your loving concern and rest in the assurance of Your love. Amen.

Thank you for joining us on this prayerful path through Advent.
Blessings and best wishes for 2019.


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