The birth of Jesus Christ on planet earth was the beginning of true “world peace”. It is a peace that goes beyond the absence of war or conflict between people. It is a peace that can be experienced even in the midst of trials. As we prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ, we have the opportunity to experience this perfect peace for ourselves, no matter how difficult our current circumstances might be.
The word “peace” comes from the Greek word “eirene” and the Hebrew word “shalom”. It expresses the idea of “wholeness, completeness, or tranquility in the soul that is unaffected by the outward circumstances or pressures”. The incredible thing about the peace Jesus brings is that we always have access to it. We can experience His peace even when our lives are outwardly falling apart.
I remember when my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. I remember how heartbroken, scared and worried I felt. But even in the midst of that trial, the peace of God was available to me. When I brought my fear and sadness to Jesus and laid it at His feet, He gave me perfect peace in return. My outer circumstances remained the same, but my inner world was suddenly different. Jesus can calm any storm, even the one that rages on inside our souls.
This weekend I came across an incredible story of God’s peace in the midst of trial. At 24 years old Abby was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and sadly passed away last Saturday. Two weeks before her death, she spoke about her experiences, including how tangible the peace of God was, even through her darkest moments. Watch her story here.
This week we are reading all about the peace that Jesus brings. Take a moment right now and lay the worries of your day at His feet. Ask Him to reveal His peace to you in a new way today and the rest of this week. It truly is a peace that goes beyond our human understanding.
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