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Peace by Lisa Chambers (Advent: Week 2)

This time of year, it is all too easy for us to get caught up in the crazy busyness of the Christmas season as we try to stretch every minute to accomplish so many “things.” If we would just stop spinning long enough to ask “Why? What is the purpose in running ourselves ragged to get it all done?”, we would realize our focus is way off.

What has truly been accomplished through all the activities? Only that our focus has changed causing unnecessary stress, which is the opposite of God’s plan so many years ago. Jesus was born a simple, peaceful, no-frills birth. Why do we think all our frantic activities are needed to add to that special day?

John 16:33 says “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.” God’s plan is peace for each of us. Peace is defined as “a state of tranquility or quiet.” Jesus

warned us about worldliness being a distraction and a stumbling block. Notice John

doesn’t say there will be an absence of trouble, but we are to exist despite the trouble

as we experience God’s peace.

So, this year, let’s strive to concentrate on the peace of Jesus’ simple birth—not trying

to add our frantic spinning to it—there’s enough trouble in this world without it! Let’s

strive to focus on God’s simple plan of peace through Jesus’ simple birth this season.

Without Jesus’ birth (and death) there would be no hope for peace.

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