As a child some of my most peaceful memories take me back to the Christmas season. Whether it was the excitement and anticipation of gifts or the quiet time with a loving family that caused this peace, I do not know. More than likely it was a combination of several things that happen this time of the year. Regardless, it was a time a peace for this little child. By peace, I do not mean the absence of problems. I mean the peace that is more often expressed in the New Testament. The kind of peace which, “Surpasses all understanding” (Philippians 4.7). This is the kind of peace that leads us to believe that, no matter what happens, all can be well. That was my belief during the holiday season as a child. It may have been unfounded, but for me, it was still reality.
I want to wish peace to all of you. But I wish you something much greater than what I described above. I wish you peace that is not seasonal, but rather continual. I wish you peace that is absolutely real in every sense of the word. I wish you the peace of God which will, “Guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4.7). This is peace that only comes through Jesus. This is peace that helps us change the way that we think and act (Philippians 4.8-9). This is peace that comes through knowing God and Christ (John 17.3). It is peace that only comes by renewing one’s mind and completely altering one’s understanding and purpose in life (Romans 12.1-2). It is not peace without trouble, but rather peace despite and within trouble.
So, my wish for you is peace. Not the peace of an unfounded child, but the peace of one who follows his Savior.