December 7, 1941. Pearl Harbor Day. A day that will live in infamy, as President Franklin D. Roosevelt termed it. That calendar day never passes without me recalling the horrendous act that catapulted the United States into World War II. I’m certain those who lived through that time in history must have wondered if the world would ever know peace again.
With so much violence and upheaval happening in our world today, I have to wonder the same. Every day newscasts are inundated with senseless shootings, acts of terrorism, and threats of war. Is there such a thing as peace amid these high-tech, modern day free-for-alls?
Two thousand years ago, God’s people must have had a similar mindset. The Roman army had infiltrated they’re land, subjecting them to cruel treatment and harsh taxes. Year after year they cried out to God for deliverance, but He remained silent. Still, they never lost hope in the coming of the Messiah.
Then, when the time was right, God answered their pleas in the form of a babe in a manger. In the stillness of a stable, the Savior of the world drew His first breath and uttered His first cry. On that glorious, starlit night, shepherds came to worship Him. Such a peaceful scene, one that continues to stir our hearts to worship, even today.
Yet, Christ wasn’t the warrior king His people longed for, One who would fight to overthrow the oppressive Roman Empire. Instead, He came as an innocent Child, born to change hearts and bring truth and forgiveness to all who call on His name.
This December, as you prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ, remember the sacrifices made to redeem us and bring peace with God–the priceless gift of God’s Son, and Christ’s willingness to give His life for ours.
Despite the turbulence surrounding us, peace can be ours when we hold Christ in our hearts. The day Christ came to earth was not a day that will “live in infamy”, but one that ushered in eternity for those who know Him as Lord and Savior.
How do you experience the peace of Christ amid all of life’s stresses?
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UNDER THIS SAME SKY ~ BOOK ONE
UNDER PRAIRIE SKIES ~ BOOK TWO
UNDER MOONLIT SKIES ~ BOOK THREE