Christmas is almost here! A time when we sing about “peace on earth.” However, the year 2017 hasn’t really been a year of peace, has it? Deadly hurricanes, raging wildfires, riots over race, mass shootings in Las Vegas and in a Baptist church, political scandals in D.C., sexual abuse brought to light in Hollywood, public radio, and PBS. Peace on earth has been at best elusive, at worst, absent.

Into this brokenness and pain, the Lord speaks. He says in John 14, “Don’t let your hearts be distressed…I give you my peace.” Christ holds out to us a stillness and calm confidence for the future and for today. Let’s move forward in faith to discover the peace Jesus is offering us, by listening to the song of peace sung by the angels the night of the Savior’s birth.