Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:13-14
Peace is a noble aspiration at any time, either in times of war or harmony. When you find yourself at odds with someone, or when you’re feeling pretty good about your relationships. Whether you’re feeling good or bad, it’s always important to pursue peace.
Peace is so much more than the absence of conflict. Maybe you can lay your head on your pillow tonight and thank God that you experienced no conflict, but that isn’t the same thing as experiencing peace. If a husband and wife get tired of shouting at each other and both slip into indifference, that isn’t the same as peace.
The Hebrew word for peace is isshalom and means: May you be healthy, whole, and complete. May you know where you fit in the universe, and may find tranquility there. Augustine said peace is the “tranquility of order.” When you know where you fit into God’s world, you will be in a state of tranquility.
Therefore, let’s pray for peace at Christmastime. Let’s pray that people everywhere will experience His grace, and be filled with a peace that is beyond our understanding. The special peace brought to us in the form of a baby boy, to put things in order.