Thursday, December 24, 2015

How to find peace

For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.

And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)

2015 will be remembered as the year of conflict. Conflicts in the Middle East, conflicts in Ferguson, MO; riots in Baltimore, Chicago, New York City, and political wrangling in Washington, D.C. 

The crisis in Syria has spawned the biggest migration of human beings since World War II. 

Even on a personal level, many homes in our nation are ripped apart with conflict. 

In Hebrew Scripture, the word for peace is shalom. It is an expansive word that speaks to not just the absence of conflict but envisions everything that fosters human flourishing. Shalom means completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety, soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, and harmony, the absence of agitation or discord.

On this Christmas Eve, our world is crying out for peace. Peace in our world, in our homes, in our churches, and peace in our hearts. 

One day the Prince of Peace will return, and "of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end"(Isaiah 9:7). Peace has come in Jesus Christ. We are called to be peacemakers.  And then one day peace in all its fullness will touch every person and every part of the universe. 

Where in your life do you need to be a peace-maker?