Blurb – 23rd December 2018

This is it. This is the last blurb for the year.

I’m sitting in my office contemplating the
importance of three phrases that the angels spoke
to the shepherds so long ago at the birth of Jesus,
God’s Son. The shepherds full of terror from
encountering an Angel of the Lord hear these
three: I bring you good news that will cause
great joy for all the people. (Luke 2:10) and the
Angels continue in verse 14; and on earth peace
to those on whom his favour rests.
As I think of these three, good news, joy and
peace, its peace that draws my attention. Peace
seems so fragile at times, it shatters so quickly
and we find ourselves in a non-peaceful state.
Family news or worries, words spoken to us, work
situations, struggles of our age group (all ages
have their peculiar battles to be faced) or maybe
our non-peace is of our own making and
decisions. It leaves me with the question, how do
we enter God’s peace? And how do we maintain
‘the peace of God, which transcends all
understanding’ (Phil 4:7)?

Maybe we need to spend some time in quietness
and rest and purpose ourselves to be in the
presence of Jesus and allow Him to say yet again
“Peace be with you”(Luke 24:36) and then to sit
and rest in that peace, to be filled with that peace
this Christmas.

Kevin Robertson