“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth, peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
Peace – it’s a wonderful thing, isn’t it? A magical thing. A valuable thing. And often, a community thing.
Like the shepherds hearing the good news on that Christmas night so long ago, we are able to experience the Gospel in the most wonderful ways when we are together in community.
True peace is hard to come by because it’s only attributed to one source – God. Jesus said to his disciples, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27).
At Christmas time we are especially aware of the need for peace. In the flurry of activity and expectations, we need this promise from the gospel of Luke more than ever. “And on earth, peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
But where can we find peace? We often hear caregivers of persons with intellectual disability talk about the joy and peace that radiates from their Friend. These caregivers often receive a more clear, honest, and beautiful view of life – discerning what things are important and eternal, and what is not – from spending time with persons with disability.
As the Psalmist says, “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” That “unity” means all people, all abilities, all in community together.
We pray that you experience the sweet peace of God this Christmas, and that you are able to share the season with those in close community with you. Jesus was born for all people, of all abilities, in order that we could all be in community with one another – and with Him.