As we wade through the aftermath of, perhaps, the most contentious election that I have known in my lifetime, my heart is craving peace. Yet, it seems that peace on earth is more illusive than ever. In our preparations to celebrate Christmas, it might be helpful to remind ourselves that the first advent of the Prince of Peace did not result in political peace. In fact, that was not even the purpose of Christ’s birth. He was born that His kingdom might first be established in the hearts of men and women. He came to bring peace within. While there will come a day when the kingdoms of this world will become the kingdoms of our God and of His Christ, we are all living in the messy realm of “not yet”.
In the “not yet” realm of unrealized peace on earth, election time isn’t the only season that can be difficult to navigate peaceably. Holidays can, unfortunately, be another time when peace feels illusive. Schedules are fuller, budgets are tighter, relationships may be strained by unrealistic expectations and unreasonable demands. What can we do, in practical ways, to bring peace on earth into our everyday life? (Join me for the rest of this post on Sunday, November 27th, at Woman to Woman Ministries where each Sunday I share a bit of Sunday Soul Food!)