8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth
peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
Peace is one of those holiday buzzwords. You’ll find it on the front of countless Christmas cards; you’ll see it in big, red, inflatable letters in your neighbor’s yard. It’s from the story of the angel appearing the shepherds in Luke 2, but it’s vague enough when taken out of context that everyone, Christian or not, can get on board with it. Peace on earth, goodwill towards men! That’s something we can all agree on.
Try, my child, to do the will of another rather than your own. Always choose to have fewer riches rather than more. Always seek the lowest place and desire to be subject to all. Always wish for and pray that the will of God be accomplished in you. Such a person enters into the abode of true peace and inward rest.
This Christmas season, I hope you can find some peace. Not in presents or good food, or even in loving company, but in following Jesus—denying yourself, taking up the cross, and following. On that road, whatever else happens, you can know that your real aims and desires are being fulfilled. God’s using you as a light to the world. Give all your other worries and fears and anxieties to Jesus. Then you can rest easy in the busyness and hurry because none of the Christmas crazy will keep the Father from using you to shine that light of his love and peace to others.