On Dec 9th, Irving and Marie Bursey lit the candle of peace…
We celebrate Jesus as God’s peace for us.
When Jesus was born 2000 years ago, the shepherds experienced this peace.
In Luke 2, we read:
…there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger…When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about…
The shepherds not only received peace, they also took action. They went to Bethlehem and saw baby Jesus – the Messiah.
We live in a world that needs peace. Eventually, when Christ returns, peace will be restored completely. Until that time, we need to continue sharing the peace that we’ve been given with those around us. We do this by loving, forgiving and serving one another.
As we light the candle, let us embrace God’s peace – the peace that redeems us from all trouble and concerns.
<<The lighting of the peace candle>>
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, we receive your peace today. Thank you for sending your son to bring peace to those in need. Continue to be the peace in our lives this Christmas, and help us show others the peace you’ve given us. As we do so, remind us of the ultimate and perfect peace we have to look forward to in eternity. In Jesus name, Amen.