New Year’s Message of Peace

Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke this prophecy:

By the tender mercy of our God, who will
bring the rising Sun to visit us, to give light to
those who live in darkness and the shadow of
death, and to guide our feet into
the way of peace.                      Luke 1: 79

What is the peace of Christ? It is shalom – the fullness of
Life, the fertility of the land, the blessings of God, the joy
of community. In our world today the cry for peace is
poignant and continual. The story of Bethlehem comes
with a message of peace, an announcement that all divisions,
all irreconcilable pieces of our lives can be brought
together in God’s peace. Peace will reign when our forgiveness of
self and others is deep enough to create new possibilities
to transform our seeming impasses into new freedom and joy.

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