Peace in Christ
Many people yearn for peace in today’s world: peace in the Middle East, peace in the continent of Africa, and even peace here in our home country of America. While peace between nations and people is very important, inner peace is something that most people yearn for also. In the first chapter of Mark, we are reminded that a messenger will come before Jesus to remind us to make ready for him. That messenger was John the Baptist. People traveled from all over to hear John the Baptist speak, and when they repented from their sins, he baptized them. How wonderful these new Christians must have felt. I think back to the time in my life when my faith was new and invigorating. I remember the very night that I accepted Jesus as my Savior. I remember the calmness and peace that washed over me as I turned my life over to him. I was only eight years old, yet I remember that night as if it were yesterday. Why, I have often wondered, has this feeling of peace not been with me always? The answer is simple. When I am living a life that is not putting Jesus first, there will be no inner peace. When Jesus is first in my life, that is when the calm is present.
Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. My favorite Christmas of all time was in the year 2007. After a trying year of health scares with our newborn son, we were all healthy, happy, and together at Christmas. The peace and contentment that I felt had nothing to do with expensive presents or lavish trips. In fact, I had not worked in five months due to Connor’s health problems, so the actual presents exchanged were slim that year! However, I cannot think of a time when my relationship with God was stronger nor a time when my family was happier. My daughter, Cammie, was three. I remember her climbing in bed with us early on Christmas morning and shouting, “Christmas is finally here!” and Chris and I laughing at her enthusiasm. I remember the rosy cheeks of my five month old son and praising the Lord for my many blessings.
John the Baptist foretold the coming of the Messiah. We know that he is coming again. The material things on Earth don’t matter! The peace from having a relationship with Jesus is what matters. Please take the time this Advent season to find that peace!