Find Your Peace This Holiday Season
by Abiding Love
Grace and peace to you. . .from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen. (Revelation 1:4b-6)
Did you have a good Thanksgiving? Was the meal perfect? Did you get together with family? Did you spend enough time with them? Did you give enough attention to your children? Did you get all the dishes done? Did you have enough help? Did you get the item(s) you wanted on Black Friday? Did you stay within budget? Were you kind enough to others who had to eat Thanksgiving dinner alone? Did you help those who had no ability to provide a Thanksgiving dinner for themselves or their family?
Oh, and Christmas is coming soon. Will it be perfect? Will the house be clean? Will your decorated home resemble one you might see on a Hallmark Christmas movie? Will everyone stay healthy? Will the Christmas program be ready? Will there be time to make cookies? Will you find just the right gift for everyone on your list? Will anyone find just the right gift for you? Will you set aside enough time for yourself? When Christmas is over, will you be emotionally filled or emotionally exhausted?
What has often been called “The most wonderful time of the year” can, in reality, be one of the most hectic. The season that promises “peace on earth” can, as we go through it, actually fill us with exactly the opposite as we cycle through the various “Did you …”s, “Were you …”s, and “Will you …”s that are often difficult to answer with any type of certainty.
Scripture gives us a better place to focus our attention each day. Better than asking “Did you …?” is asking “Did he …?”
Did Jesus love you enough to die for you, whether or not you burned the turkey? Yes.
Did Jesus’ sacrifice declare you perfect to God, no matter what anyone thinks of your gifts or decorations? Yes.
Did Jesus rise from the dead to assure you that your home of perfection in heaven is already waiting? Yes.
Will he one day come back, look at you, and say “Well done” in front of everyone? Yes.
Will he walk with you this holiday season and provide you with the peace he promises? Yes.
Will he cover with his grace your inevitable weaknesses and mistakes? Yes.
Yes. Yes. A thousand times—yes!
This holiday season, find your peace by looking first to Jesus; the only one who can truly give such a precious gift.
Dear Father in heaven, you were faithful in giving us a Savior. May we be faithful in looking for peace first from him this holiday season. Amen.
Peace in Jesus,
Pastor John Gensmer
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