Peace On Earth

When Jesus was born, the angels came and sang, “Peace on Earth, Goodwill toward Men!” Or so goes the tradition. We make a lot of that, looking for peace on earth, celebrating the possibilities of peace, calling for worldwide truce, even in war, for Christmas time. Honesty requires that we admit there is little sign of peace on earth, or even goodwill to men. We try, and we want peace, but…What went wrong? Was God just teasing, or taunting? Was he telling us about something that can’t ever really be? Or was he encouraging us toward something that might someday come? When we read the story in Luke 2, we find out that what the angels really sang was, “Glory to God in the Highest!” Ah! That’s the secret! Peace on earth, goodwill to men begins with us giving all the glory to God. When we recognize how desperate we are without God, when we admit that we cannot be at peace without God, when we are ready to live the way that God has provided for us to live, then we can’t help but rejoice, giving praise, thanks, all glory to God in the highest. And that is why Jesus Christ is called the Prince of Peace.

Rev. Linda Lee Karanja Sebastian / Board Secretary

Be united in the mind of Christ, as Paul tells us through the church in Philippi, “stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel…having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.” Philippians 1:27, 2:2.


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