Whitefield Academy Blog
Peace at Christmas
From decking our halls, to singing carols (did you hear the sweet voices a-caroling at dismissal?), and from enjoying our Christmas Concerts to viewing the Charlie Brown Christmas movie, the Christmas season surely has been in full swing here at Whitefield Academy.
In the midst of it all, of course we absolutely do remember the reason for the season! We love that Baby Jesus was the Prince of Peace, Emmanuel, God with us! And we love the fact that peace is a hallmark of the Christmas story. As Linus recites to everyone at the end of the Charlie Brown Christmas movie, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” (Lk.2:14). Later, before Jesus left earth, He promised, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.” (Jn.14:27a). What’s more, we know from Phil.4:6 that this peace transcends understanding! Don’t we long for that very thing?
Can we choose to serve Christ Himself minute by minute in this Christmas season? Can we also choose moment by moment to remember Him? That’s the way to this kind of peace. ‘You will keep in perfect peace, him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.’ (Is. 26:3) As Dr. Mac recently exhorted us in chapel, let’s try silencing the noise and practice listening to Him.
‘Heavenly Father, You are the God who gives peace. The angels knew the fullness of God was contained in the tiny body of a newborn baby. Emmanuel. God with us. Because of Jesus we can experience a Christmas free from inner chaos and commotion. Help us to worship You in thought, word and deed, keeping our minds stayed on You, oh Lord, our Rock and our Redeemer. It’s in the precious name of Jesus we pray. Amen and Hallelujah.’
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