Theme = ‘peace’
In Jesus God comes to us, so he can be with us, and we with him - this is peace.
We may not know what the future holds - but we know who holds the future.
Let us commemorate the first Armistice Day, which brought a temporary peace - but let us also give thanks for Jesus, because his Armistice Day brings peace that lasts.
In the middle of trouble, David can sleep peacefully, knowing and trusting that God will keep him safe. It doesn’t mean nothing will go wrong, but that, deep down, he is secure in God.
Paul tells us, straight and simple, where and how to find peace: set your mind on the Spirit.
It is my prayer that in all we do here our focus would be on Jesus. Yes we need to fill more chairs. Yes we need more money. Yes we need to reach out more effectively - but in all that, let our focus first and foremost be fully on Jesus.
Do you want to know the peace of God? Are you willing to put your faith into practice, to be constant in prayer - in every situation - so that the peace of God will guard your heart and mind in Jesus?
Those angelic words are a rather good summary of the message of Christmas: Glory to God and on earth peace. And if I were forced to distil it even further, I would say the message of Christmas is this: peace on earth.