Christmas: Know What Makes for Peace

Each year on the day after Thanksgiving, we transform the end of our living room into a manger scene.  This is the way it turned out this year.  It turns out to occupy a space of about 10′ x 13′ and uses figures from the 12″ Fantanini collection allong with various improvised landscape constructions.  Detailed pictures are here.

Our devotional thoughts this year spring from Luke 19:42 where Jesus is expressing his sadness that so many people did not know the things that make for peace.   They should have, but they missed it.   Likewise, as individuals and as a culture in America, we should know the things that make for peace, but we often miss it.  The essence of peace is a Person.

Consider what was prophesied:

For to us a child is born, . . . and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Consider what Jesus, himself, said:

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.

Consider what was said about Jesus in reflection:

For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility

I would very much like to be an instrument of that kind of peace.  It’s important that I start with me because there has always been a connection between the attitude of God’s people toward Him and the welfare of their land.

So, hopefully, as this scene in my living room will help me focus on the Person who is the essence of peace, perhaps the pictures will help you with your own devotional focus.  We are celebrating the coming of the God of the Universe in the form of a little baby who was fully God and fully perfect man and who provides a bridge for us as sinful people to have intimate fellowship with Him.  Wow!

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One Response to Christmas: Know What Makes for Peace

  1. leejagers says:

    I just ran across this quote (from “American Minute”) of President Truman:
    On DECEMBER 24, 1946, lighting the National Christmas Tree, President Truman said:

    “Our…hopes of future years turn to a little town in the hills of Judea where on a winter’s night two thousand years ago the prophecy of Isaiah was fulfilled. Shepherds keeping watch by night over their
    flock heard the glad tidings of great joy from the angels of the Lord singing,

    ‘Glory to God in the Highest and on Earth, peace, good will toward
    men.'”

    President Truman continued:

    “If we will accept it, the star of faith will guide us into the place of peace as it did the shepherds on that day of Christ’s birth long ago…

    Through all the centuries, history has vindicated His teaching.”

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