Day 23 – December 19
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. [John 14:27 NIV]
Christmas time is here. It’s my favorite time of the year. The lights, sounds, baked goodies and of course the gifts under the tree. It really is a special time of the year. There is something about seeing the joy on someone’s face when you give them a gift they really wanted! The deep down , bawling your eyes out kind of gift is one that comes just at the right moment and is really something you need.
This is the gift of peace that Jesus is describing here. He gives it to us and gives without holding back or with any catches, unlike what the world does. The world gives but you have a thousand hoops to jump through along the way. Jesus gives such peace that it calms our hearts and minds. Our troubles and our fears begin to fade into the background as His peace gets brighter and brighter. This year, open your arms and your heart wide to receive the gift of peace that Jesus has for you.
Father, thank You for giving me the precious gift of peace. I need Your peace more than anything for this Christmas season and heading into the New Year. Jesus, I need You to protect my heart from troubles and guard my mind from fearful thoughts. Thank You for leaving me peace, it is the gift I need and the gift I want, Amen.
Written by: Pastor Lance Courtney