Monday, December 9, 2013
For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
“Peace begins with babies”. That was the signature line at the end of each email of one of Parker’s teachers. I must admit that I had never given much thought as to the deeper meaning of those four little words; it was just something that always made me smile. I did however; paint a picture in my mind of a baby UN having peace talks over sippy cups and Cheerios. See, you smiled! The picture fit much better with the rose colored view of peace. It provided the warm fuzzy and shelter from a world without peace.
As we grow from babies into adults, we find a false sense of inner peace by focusing on the community around us - as if a news report about ending gang violence in a Los Angeles suburb will instantly soothe our uneasy souls here in Charleston. It is important to note at this point that I do believe strongly in peaceful communities for us to live in, but more importantly, I believe we must find an intrinsic peace so we can be the disciples Christ has called us to be. Christmas provides us the chance to put our faith in a baby and find the peace we so desperately seek.
The promise of Christmas was to bring us a Savior. One in which we can find refuge and healing. In the darkest of nights, a star shone brightly to announce that the Prince of Peace and light had been born, a baby born to end suffering in the outside world. During this Christmas season, let us be reminded to humble ourselves at the feet of the King. He begs to bring our burdened souls rest and peace, so much so that He came to us as a baby to signify that “Peace truly begins with babies.”
Peace be with you this Christmas.
Heavenly Father, I pray you continue to help us be a people filled with peace. Show us your grace so we may find our inner peace so we may be the peacemakers of the world. Amen.
Heather Dolan is married to Joe and mother to Parker. She is a pediatric nurse clinic manager at MUSC Children’s Hospital.