“Because of God’s tender mercy, the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace.” (Luke 1:78-79)
How often do I look to the world to give me peace? I search in the stories I read in the news or in my “news feed” on Facebook. I search in the leaders governing our country. I even look to my church leaders.
Zechariah’s prophecy, when his son John (the Baptist) was born, points us to the only path of true peace. It isn’t found in a news story, or in my feed. It will never be found in a government, no matter how much I try to make it happen. Even the most anointed leader can’t deliver.
True peace will only be found when each one of us allows the Morning Light to break into our own heart. When I allow the Light to overcome the darkness that seeks to overshadow me. When I allow the Shining Star of Bethlehem to guide me on the path of peace.
As each of us allow that Star to overcome our own darkness, true peace will spread around the world. It can only come when we cross the lines that divide us and love one another. Love one another, now, in all our brokenness. Not when everyone thinks like me, believes like me, looks like me.
Loving people is messy. I know because Jesus loved me when I was a mess. I am grateful he didn’t wait for me to be like him before he loved me. He met me where I was. He loves me. Friend, I don’t know where you find yourself today. I do know Jesus extends his hand of peace and love to you today. Will you let go of your brokenness and hold on to Him?