Philippians 4:4-7 (NRSV)
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.
Let your gentleness be known to everyone.
The Lord is near.
Do not worry about anything,
but in everything by prayer and supplication
with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God,
which surpasses all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
“Peace on earth, good will to all.” The angels brought those tidings to the shepherds. We see it on Christmas cards and holiday decor, carols set it to melody. I think the image we conjure up with this phrase is world peace. What if the peace the angels sang of was the peace we read about in Philippians?
“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Peace that passes understanding...peace that makes no sense. With Christ comes peace that defies reason. Isn’t that good news?
Pray: Prince of Peace, hold me close and calm my spirit. Amen.