Prince of Peace by Ann E. Broughton
"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:6 NIV).
Peace. During this hectic season, that word seems far removed from what we see at stores. People are hustling around trying to find that perfect gift and waiting in long lines to check-out. I think the peace that Jesus proclaimed isn't on many peoples' minds during the Christmas season. But the child that was born for us in Bethlehem, was the Prince of Peace. This Christmas I would like for you to have peace in your hearts. During Jesus' ministry he often spoke about peace. "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give it to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid" (John 14:27 NIV). Peace won't come from buying that perfect gift for someone or receiving the gift you always wanted. The world wants to convince you that having these material gifts will make you happy, but the only true peace and happiness is found through Jesus Christ. The baby born in the manger is a symbol of the perfect gift given to us. It is He that can give you the peace in your soul that surpasses anything the world could give you. "And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:7 NIV). This peace is available to everyone who surrenders their life to Christ. This Christmas season may you be filled with the peace only Christ can give. Let that peace permeate everything you do during this busy time of the year.
Thank you so much for giving us the Prince of Peace. May we take time to remember that we have Christ in us and that His peace is available to us all the time. May His peace be shone through us wherever we are.
In Jesus name,
My husband and I have been in the ministry in one form or another for 37 years. I have had several poems published in the local newspaper. I write devotionals for my co-workers and friends. I own this article and have full rights.