Do you ever wonder if we have lost Christmas? I mean all the shopping, all the decorating, all the parties and obligations – all the hectic things that seem to be the direct antithesis of “Silent Night, Holy Night”. Last Sunday we talked about “Peace on Earth” beginning in the soul of each of us as we strive to become peacemakers in this world. As I pondered these two seemingly opposed focuses – the chaos of Christmas and the Peace that passes all understanding, I realized they are part of a larger equilibrium.
The purpose behind all the decorating, shopping and gatherings is to celebrate. In our celebration of Christ, we celebrate family, we celebrate friends and for a short season we get a glimpse of what “good will” actually looks like. Friends and Family actually sit down to enjoy meals together. Volunteerism is always higher during the holidays. Charitable gifts increase and more people than you would think actually ponder and explore their faith.
Peace is not always about stillness. Peace is about wholeness, completeness and knowing all is well in the world. The chaos of all our preparations culminates in moments of clarity that give us a glimpse of what could be if we would just become the peacemakers we were created to be. The laughter of rowdy children, the clatter of dirty dishes, the confusion of simultaneous conversations and the mountain of cleanup are the remnants of all our efforts to create those perfect moments with family and friends – perfect moments that are little snapshots of the wholeness, completeness of knowing all is well. They are the proof that with a bit of effort, we have within us the ability to create peace on earth.
May the chaos of Christmas always bring you to the Peace of Christ.