The NBC Advent Tree – Week Four: Peace

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Theme:– Peace

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Yet from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,
And with the sound
The carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

It was as if an earthquake rent
The hearth-stones of a continent,
And made forlorn
The households born
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;
“There is no peace on earth,” I said:
“For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead; nor doth he sleep!
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men!”

This morning I answered the phone to a friend whose world has been torn apart by a broken relationship.

I know that in the midst of this fun and happy season, many of you are struggling – it may be finances, relationships, health, stress, depression…

How do we avoid the mockery of the refrain of peace on earth and good-will to men? We sing a refrain of sweet smelling hay and a smiling baby, no crying he makes.

But God did cry. God came to earth in that baby. God knows, he cares, and because of His coming, we can have confidence that death and pain and suffering will not have the last word.

God has already overcome the powers of darkness, and that is why today we can grasp this peace for ourselves. As we enter the last week of Christmas, with all its stresses, let’s turn to God for our strength.

Paul says in Philippians:

Phil. 4:6,7:  Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

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