Key Scripture: Mark 4:35-41
Christmas is a time filled with many opportunities to “be jolly” and celebrate with friends and family. It can also become a great big Show. Our lights need to look as good as our neighbors’ lights. The gifts we give need to be better than the ones we get. The house needs to be perfectly clean when guests arrive for our perfectly-planned party. If anything is out of place or below our Norman Rockwell standards, it robs us of Peace. Often, we try to make things seem perfect to cover up the things in our lives we know aren’t perfect: the loss of loved ones, the breakup of family, financial hardship or problems with health. Ultimately, no amount of Christmas production can bring us the Peace we’re missing. Instead the answer is focusing less on how we celebrate and more on Who we’re celebrating. Let’s put Jesus back at Center – our Prince of Peace!
Scripture References: Romans 12:12, Galatians 5:22, John 17:13, 1 Samuel 16:7, Psalm 98:1-4