Monday, December 12, 2011

Cookies and Conversation

We gather together; our words easily flows to the “business of life”…jobs, kids, schedules, gift buying, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, parties and programs. And then we realize… the Advent season is upon us! And so the conversation takes a turn and we redirect our talk to what PEACE ON EARTH actually means to us. What a good question! We can’t buy it or gift it! Will there ever be a time without war, famine, pain and sickness? That is easily answered due to the life experience we all have had both within ourselves and in those around us.  
Does this take the rosy blush off the season? As we converse we all agree that it doesn’t. Rather it puts the joy of the Redeemer back into it! The babe in the manger came to bring new life, new beginnings, reconnections and, yes, PEACE in the midst of “the business of life”, as well as eternal peace. Though born a baby he grew, taught, was crucified yet rose again on the 3rd day. That is what we lean our faith on! That which we celebrate now - the Christmas story - was only the beginning.  
We are satisfied with cookies and challenging conversation. And so we leave and go our separate ways. We ponder…Peace on Earth. Then one gets stuck in the snow; has a deadline! Another goes home to a child with a fever of 103. And yet another gets a “pink slip”. PEACE?  But we are leaning on Jesus’ words: 
        “My peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. I do not give it as the world gives.”
A priceless gift… 
                                                                                                                                             By Naomi Plate

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