Christmas means peace

Dec 10, 2023


The social pressure to buy everyone a gift, go to every party, and fulfill every holiday tradition isn’t going away. Somehow, the happiest season of all is the most stressful. We sing about peace yet rush through each day without it. But what if this Christmas could be different?

“But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,

  who are too little to be among the clans of Judah,

from you shall come forth for me

  one who is to be ruler in Israel,

whose coming forth is from of old,

  from ancient days.” - Micah 1:2

Micah prophesies a ruler will come from Bethlehem, one who will shepherd his people and bring peace. The prophecy in Micah is a promise to us. We, too, can enjoy the peace Jesus brings in this season. We bring peace to the chaos by learning to pray before we plan. God wants to be involved in every situation, including how we celebrate Him this Christmas. Jesus is our source of peace. So, talk to Him and rely on the promises of His Word. 

Isaiah tells us, “He will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast because they trust in you.” (Isaiah 26:3) Paul challenges us, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7) Jesus promises us, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” (John 14:27)


- Taking time to give thanks reminds us how much we already have. What can you thank Jesus for right now?

- Are you stressed this season? Take some time today to ask God how He wants you to celebrate this year.