The other day there was a small explosion in the Cathedral Quarter of Belfast, Northern Ireland. A bomb had been left outside a restaurant very close to St. Anne's Cathedral and and warning phoned in to the police. While the nearby residents and the diners in the restaurants were being evacuated part of the device blew up but not enough to do any real damage or injury.
The Cathedral and all the people nearby were safe and sound but by the comments of people there at the time there is now anger and unrest about whether we really do have peace in Northern Ireland.
We are in the time of the year when
is one of the things we talk about, Peace on Earth, wishing you Peace at Christmas, Have the Peace of God in your hearts. Today in church I spoke to the children about Peace because the story in Sunday School was about the Angel's Proclamation to the Shepherds.
But so many people are going around every day without this peace in their hearts.
I believe this is simply because they can't believe that Peace is an easy thing to have. They think that it would be a complicated matter to make this type of change in their lives.
Thankfully God has made it easy for us because He is the one who brings about this Peace through His Son Jesus.
Our easy part is just to stop resisting and accept that God loves us so much that He sent Jesus to be our Peace. Of course if we keep edging Jesus out of the picture at Christmas then it is harder to even draw our thoughts to Him let alone trust that He will be the way to Peace this Christmas.
A couple of years ago I chose this Christmas card (below) that has the message I wanted to send, a message that I feel strongly about and also I loved the look of the card, simple but eye-catching at the same time. I loved the card so much that I kept one so that each year I can display it. I have even written on it from Fred & Sandra, because I want to continue to send this message to myself as well.
So this card is sitting at the front left hand side of the TV this year and will remind us of that special message.
There is no Christmas without Jesus and there is no Peace without Him too.
Here is a very quick Advent video on Peace.
Do you keep Jesus at the heart of Christmas?