O, hush the noise, ye men of strife, and hear the angels sing.
– “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
Don’t worry. Don’t be afraid. There is Someone who knows how to turn on the lights.
The last post I did should have been posted last week, the Advent week of Hope. This past Sunday began the Advent week of Peace. I can’t remember the last time I was peaceful. Noise. Tension. Busyness. Stress. Strife. Torment. Unrest. All words that have pervaded my life for months and months. There have been many times, many seasons, where I have not had peace, but this season has been one of the most unpeaceful of them all. This Christmas will be unlike any other. I suppose each Christmas season is different in some ways, but generally they are the same. For our family, this Christmas will bring joy and sadness. It will be markedly different. It will be a time of unrest.
I think we often make decisions based on the guidance of the outside world, and while the people in our lives often give good guidance and advice, decisions are ultimately ours to make. And sometimes that is hard…more than hard. Often they are not decisions we are peaceful about. I have been in the midst of one such decision for months now. But I have had to remember that God is a God of Peace, and so I finally laid my decision in His hands. So whether my decision is good or bad, I know that I can still have peace. Most days are not peaceful, but I have peaceful moments, and for now…in this moment, I can say with this decision, my heart is at rest. My heart is at rest because I do not have to be afraid. Despite whatever darkness I experience when the moments of peace pass, I believe that God is faithful…and He will turn on the lights.