Dear Minster and Friends,
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)
As we prepare for Christmas, it can often feel like our lives are about as far from peaceful as they can get! We rush around, finishing off important work, buying presents, preparing food, and so on. Our lives reflect the state of our hearts: rushed, worried, and anything but peaceful.
Jesus brought peace to our world in at least two ways. Firstly and most importantly, he brought peace between God and humanity; where we were God’s enemies, through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, we were enabled to become His friends. Secondly, He brought us the possibility of inner peace.
The world is searching for inner peace. The rise of interest in Eastern religion, yoga, and meditation, have all been fuelled by a search for inner peace. Most of us, if we’re honest, don’t have peace within. That’s why we spend so much of our time on things that distract us, or numb our pain.
But Jesus offers that peace to us. It’s part of what He means when He says He has come so that we might have life to the full. When we truly know Him; when we live our lives built around Him and His will; when we learn to trust Him in every circumstance; then we find that peace, which transcends all understanding.
So happy Christmas, from me and all at the Minster; and I pray that this Christmas, you would know the peace of The Prince of Peace filling your heart to overflowing.
With much love,