‘Twas the night before Christmas,
when all thro’ the house,
Not a creature was stirring,
not even a mouse;
This past Sunday we celebrated the fourth Sunday in Advent by lighting the Peace candle on our dining room table.
This tradition is a good reminder that Christ came into this world to bring peace to all. In a very real sense He has passed that privilege on to us. So as we sit around a Christmas tree of sing Christmas Carols, let us all re-commit ourselves to being peacemakers in this world. Christmas is not about us, even though we give wonderful gifts to one another. It’s about the Lord God of the universe coming to this planet to inaugurate a new beginning for us all.
So remember, the night before Christmas, when all thro’ the house, not a creature was stirring, it’s probably because we are all so dead tired from decorating, cooking, baking, shopping, or remembering that one thing we forgot. We need to take a breather and quietly reflect before our Christmas trees what is the reason for the season.
- It is walking within our world because He came to do the same.
- It is genuinely loving the people around us because He first loved us.
- It is committing to sacrifice…, again.
- It is giving to the homeless, the sick, the elderly, and those less blessed than us, like He did.
- It is bringing hope, faith, joy, peace…, and Christ to those who do not have a clue.
The night before Christmas could be a time of recommitment to those things that should truly matter in your life. It should be a time to count your blessings and to bless others. It should be a time when you finally shut down, take a deep breath, a sip on some eggnog, and thank God for the life you have lived thus far.
We will be doing so; come join us…, wherever you live.
For there certainly is more to come.
6 For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon[a] his shoulder,
and his name shall be called[b]
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Merry Christmas, & peace on the earth,
Dr. Gary Davis, President
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