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Daily Devotion – December 29, 2015
12.29.15

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15

Reflection by Matthew Alexander

I have been talking to a lot of people lately that are discouraged by the violence, hate, and evil that seems to be rampant in our world. The response to their discouragement has ranged from anger to sadness to indifference. Many long for a world where peace reigns but feel hopeless that any of it will ever change unless Christ returns and sets things straight. Well, during this Advent season we have been waiting for the Messiah to come, to be born, and bring light in the darkened world. But, like most years, we have now celebrated Christ’s birth and yet the problems that existed before we waited for Christ’s birth remain. What are we to do?

This verse in Colossians points the way for us. If want the world to change then we have to start believing that change is possible. My response to those who are discouraged is often to encourage them to remember the promised gifts Christ brought into this world: peace, hope, joy, and love. When we center our lives on these gifts, we can meet violence, hate, and evil with a response taught to us by Jesus. In order to do this, we have to trust that the promised gifts are able to triumphant over any struggle we may face. It will require us to listen to our fears and fears of others, and offer them love in response. We will have to be kind, gentle and patient. We will have to be thankful for all things.

Christ has been born, offering hope for a broken world. We should rejoice and, as the scripture says, let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts.

Prayer:

Let your peace reign within us. Let us face our fears with the promised gifts of peace, hope, joy, and love. Let us be thankful for the gifts you have given us and teach us to keep them in front of us as we face the fears and struggles on our journey ahead. Amen.



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