Good morning and Monday to you, you delightfully-made person!
As an elementary school teacher, I am required to have sing-a-long time at least once a day…so here we go...you know the words…don’t act like you don’t…
Silent night, holy night. All is calm. All is bright.
Can we be honest…Christmas time, as much as I absolutely love every moment of it, is anything but silent, calm, or peaceful.
The second the calendar flips to December, it’s like life goes into Christmas overdrive. At school, we’ve already done pictures with Santa, pushing through middle of the year testing and benchmarks, rehearsing for the school wide Christmas pageant, decorating ornaments for a fundraiser, and starting Secret Santas. And that’s all just this week!
In our holiday hustle and bustle, peace can be hard to come by. But today, let’s talk about why and how we can have our own heavenly peace, even if just for moments.
At a tie for first place (with “O Holy Night”, of course) amongst my favorite Christmas songs as well as Christmas songs that are most likely to make me cry, “Silent Night” is taking on a whole new meaning as my body grows this living, breathing, moving baby boy.
Have y’all seen that Pampers commercial that plays “Silent Night” in the background, with all the sleeping babies? Woof, get’s me EVERY TIME!
If you want to check it out, keep the Kleenex handy just in case…here's the link to it...I dare you not to cry.
As heartwarmingly adorable as that video is, I’m not that naive as a first-time mother to think that babies=silent nights. Come this March, my life will be anything but peaceful for the next 20+ years of my life; and I’m cool with that…that’s kinda the reason my husband and I decided to embark on this whole parenting journey together in the first place.
My husband and I have been together for nearly nine years, and we've been married for half of that time. Kids or no kids, life is rarely peaceful, and I don’t think that the Christmas hymns and bible stories are urging us to live in Zen-like state of silence.
Our heavenly, perfect peace has nothing to due with stillness and tranquility that we often associate with the manger on Christmas, with its gentle sheep, calm teenage parents, and docile baby Jesus. Let’s be real, I’m pretty sure that scene wasn’t so serene.
Our perfect peace, my friends, is described in Isaiah 26:3.
In Hebrew, peace translated best to shalom, which means putting back together. As in putting puzzle pieces that have been left under the couch cushions back into place after being lost for three months, thus making a complete, whole entity.
Y’all, Jesus is that lost puzzle piece that you thought your brother was hiding in his pocket all along that’s actually under your couch cushion…He’s right in front of us, easily accessible, and is the only thing that can make us whole, solve our problems, and give us the kind of fulfillment that no gift this time of year can bring.
This Christmas season, we can achieve the kind of peace sung about in the hymns by placing our complete trust, I’m talking chips ALL IN, in Him.
He is the one that puts our lives, my life, in order. Not me. That’s really challenging for me to accept sometimes. Yet other times, it’s an incredibly liberating thought.
As I prepare for the arrival of my son, I frequently chat with God about how I acknowledge He is in control of my son’s life, and that I am just a vessel He can use to guide me in the raising and rearing of him. What a comfort to know that God is in control with my son- his prenatal development, his delivery, his adjustment to this world, his experience with this world.
God is in control. He is our peace. But we must actually let Him be our peace.
Christ being born in us, alive in us, is the perfect peace we can achieve this Christmas season and throughout our hectic lives. As I am soon to experience, birth is a messy, frightening, and sometimes confusing process. But it sure is real and worthwhile.
As evident as the life kicking and poking and wiggling inside me is, so is Christ’s presence alive in me.
Perfect peace is not a state of mind, it is not a yoga retreat in Nor Cal, it is not sitting in your car alone for three minutes before you pick the kids up from school.
Perfect peace is Jesus.
I love this time of year, the advent season. It urges us to hold the phone and take a second and stop the wrapping and baking and glittering. To make room for Christ’s peace to take shape in our lives.
As you sip your morning coffee or tea or water (please not soda…don’t do that to me…or just don’t tell me), listen for God’s peaceful whisperings to your heart. He urges, He calls- I love all of you. I am your peace. Let me make you Whole.
Without Jesus, we’re going to be spending our lifetime looking for that one missing puzzle piece, endlessly searching and trying to find replacements that will never quite fit. With Him, we can experience perfect peace; His love makes us better.
Rejoice, y’all, because God knows you, all of your heart- dark, grimey spots and all. He knows the way ahead. He is your peace. All you have to do is allow Him to be it.
Today’s Challenge: What area of your life is God whispering to you today? What leap of faith do you need to take so God can truly become your perfect peace? Feel free to tell me about it, either by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org or sharing below if you feel comfortable.
Here’s our prayer for today…Oh Prince of Peace, I ask for one thing: peace. Over these next few weeks, help me to handle my fears and anxieties and burdens with the overflowing schedules. Amongst it all, I want to experience your perfect peace. Let it be with me. Draw me near, and guide my focus to You. With You, life is better, life is whole. Life is at peace. Thank you for always drawing near and for being my calm when life is anything but. In Your holy name, Amen.
Healthy Happy Texan
I'm a Foodie, Fitness Instructor, and Follower of Christ. Add a passion for teaching others, dark chocolate, bacon, and dogs -- and that's me in a box.
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