“Glory to God in the highest heaven and peace on earth to those with whom He is pleased.” ~Luke 2:14
On the very first Christmas evening, a few ordinary shepherds had their world interrupted by a terrifying visit from the angel of the Lord. The angel quickly assured them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will bring joy to all people.” The shepherd’s frightening encounter with the divine had a greater purpose, to announce the birth of the Prince of Peace.
This fourth week of Advent we light the candle of peace. We do this in hopeful anticipation of the one who will bring true peace to the world. In our most fearful moments, we can trust God to transform our scary episodes into sacred experiences. When we open our hearts to this possibility, we join with the angels in worship saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven.”
Where in your life has God granted you peace in the midst of fear?
How can you share His peace this Christmas week?