At Christmas time we often hear the phrase "peace on earth"; as if echoing the words of the angels to the shepherds announcing Christ's birth.
But do we experience Peace?
I find that it's really easy for me to get caught up in the business that can sometimes take over at Christmas time, if I let it. It's really easy for me to lose sight of what Christmas is about and miss out on the joy, if I'm not careful.
Recently during my morning time with God I was reading in John 16 and came across these words of Jesus in the 33rd verse:
"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."
Jesus didn't promise His followers that we would have peace on our circumstances, He promised us peace in Himself.
So in the hustle and bustle of the Holiday season I'm making sure that I make time each morning to spend praising Him, thanking Him, reading the Word and centering my life around Him. For me it seems that's the only way to develop that inner place of peace that I can draw from when stress, irritation, or problems come my way.
What about you, do you experience peace? What is it that helps you keep peace in your heart?