Christmas; it’s a time of year that we associate with cheer, lots of food, family time, and the miracle of Jesus being born. For many it’s a time for peace, joy, and goodness. I find usually I am able to think of Christmas as a wonderful time with family and friends.
I realize that the season of Christmas can also be challenging for many, whether we are missing family members, working through the holidays, or financially stressed.
This season of Christmas has been a bit more challenging for my family and I as we go through the struggle of a sick family member, our grandpa. Our grandpa is someone who is always apart of Christmas festivities, whether it being going to the famous Christmas store, Bronners or helping our Nan wrap up all the tiny gifts that fit inside our stockings. This year, our grandpa is unable to be apart of these different events. Instead, we all take time to sit around his bed, comforting him and comforting each other during this time, during his illness.
In this scenario, I can’t really see peace on my own. My heart and my mind strain to understand why illness has impacted our family again. In these moments I have to turn to scripture for answers.
Philippians 4:7 states “The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
This verse is something I cling to as I realize that peace does not have to come from our current situations. Peace doesn’t have to be something we only experience if things are going well. Instead, peace is a gift from God that we can choose to experience daily.
This Christmas is a time of peace. Our current situation may be challenging, but I also understand that “The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.” Psalm 29:11.
Our heavenly Father, is a Prince of Peace. Therefore we can cast all our cares and burdens onto Him. We may not understand why things occur, but our God never leaves us. He is our comforter in times of distress, and for that I am thankful. When we spend time praying and seeking God, we find peace- in all situations.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6
I am a wife, a traveller, and a self-proclaimed cat lady who works daily on strengthening her relationship with God. I am thankful for all that God has done in my life, and I am excited for the journeys He has planned.