Among the many words we use during the Christmas season, Peace invariably penetrates my heart.
We make a choice when we embrace peace and it is a very personal choice. A folk song from the 1950s said it best: “Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.”
From the surface, Peace sounds so… peaceful. Why is it so hard then?
The fact is that Peace is divisive.
- Peace asks us to embrace kindness and turn away from judgement clouded by our biases.
- Peace challenges us to turn the other cheek when we are attacked and forgive.
- Peace calls us away from the distractions that the world pushes on us and realize that we usually have enough and indeed, we are enough.
- Peace inspires us to share what we are attached to with those that have little.
- Peace sometimes requires that we sacrifice what is most precious to us.
The calm that we see in the image of the manger belies the storm that awaited two thousand years ago. Regardless of our religious beliefs and the frustrations along the road, there are lessons we can learn in the life of a Child, born to this world to bring peace.
What gives us energy in living lives of peace is celebrating in the company of friends and family, sharing our abundance and preparing for an amazing New Year.
May Peace guide you and may your future always be bigger than your past.
Merry Christmas from all of us!