BY REV. DAVE SIMONSON - IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH OF SPIRIT LAKE
From chaos to peace is the reality of the Christmas story.
That was true at the occasion of the first Christmas, and it is true for many today. From Luke's account we see: "In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world." Everyone had to pack up and head home to be counted. Mary and Joseph went to Bethlehem.
"While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son."
What a trip that would be.
Then in the fields were the shepherds: "And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them."
Have you really thought about the chaos of their night? When the angel left, they went to see the baby. They had to tell everyone what had happened.
"And all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said."
Chaos is a fitting description to the preparations many of us encounter as we prepare for Christmas. Keep one eye on the end, the birth, the Savior. Make the needed preparations and then receive the peace. Let the peace replace the chaos. Let the peace overshadow the chaos.
The chaotic evening ended in complete peace. A Savior was born, Christ the Lord. Our lives will end in peace too. Peace that will last for eternity.
Embrace the Season.
In His Peace.