The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace. Psalm 29: 11 

Christmas is getting close. We peek at our calendars and worry there’s not enough time to get everything done. We cringe in the countdown and create unwanted stress in our lives. And in the midst of frustration we forget to remember what matters the most; preparing our hearts to welcome Jesus! 

God wants us to examine our lives and remember where PEACE is found. It doesn’t matter how many cookies we bake, or if everything is perfect in our homes. It doesn’t matter if we can’t attend every holiday function or wrap presents with perfect big bows. 

God wants us to humbly RECEIVE His greatest gift! He provides PEACE to sustain us. Presents, food and gifts are wonderful on one day to celebrate. But, God wants us to experience Jesus EVERY day of our lives. He wants us to take time to welcome the present of His presence. 

Jesus, precious Jesus is LIGHT in the darkness. He is HOPE for the weary. He is PEACE in our worry and STRENGTH in the mention of His name. HE is what holds us together when we long for Christmas calm. 

No matter what we go through, Christ IS with us. We must be still and allow Him to fill our hearts with everything we need. God will arm us with the Spirit of His faithfulness; today, tomorrow and very day of our lives. Because of Jesus we have LOVE that is eternal. 

"Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests." Luke 2: 14 

Dear God, Thank you for the breath of our holiness. Forgive us when we become distracted by things that rob us of Your joy. Open our hearts to feel the power of Your love. Lead us from the darkness. Remind us to be still, so we will welcome Jesus with what He deserves. Thank you for Your gift to each and every one of us. We will humble our hearts and gratefully choose to embrace Your PEACE. Thank you for cradling us in care. Thank you for the glory of Christmas. Amen


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