Where is the Peace?
‘Tis the season of Christmas. The season of Joy, Peace, Love, and Hope. Peace on earth; good will to all men. The scriptures clearly state those same words over and over in relation to the birth of Christ and for those who trust and believe in Him. But, I sit here tonight and wonder … where is the peace? Where is the joy? Where is the love? Is there such a thing as hope anymore?
Like probably everyone else in the world, I have watched deadly attacks in Paris, in London, and in California. We are faced with terrorist groups overseas and within our own beloved country. Elected officials, both national and local, seem to be only out for their own interests, not the people who elected them. I see deadly crimes increasing in Atlanta and our own cities. People are out of work, losing their homes, hungry, and cold. People in parking lots are just crazy in cutting you off to take the better parking places. Everyone is in a hurry to get where they are going and do what they need to do. And, it is only going to get worse.
So, again, I ask … where is the peace? The joy? The love? The hope? I cannot answer the question for you, but I can give you the answer for me.
I find Peace in my relationship with Christ. We have been through a lot, He and I, and even though there have been times that I have not felt His presence very closely, all of a sudden His Love would surround me unexpectedly and I would feel the Peace I need.
I find Hope in seeing all the good in people in our community. Those who give of themselves to help others in need. Collecting coats and gloves for the homeless, volunteering for local non-profits for children and women in crisis, providing resources and assistance for our veterans and wounded warriors, doing yard work, rebuilding homes, and so many more people who just “do” for others behind the scenes … not wanting credit or to be known.
I find Joy in the faces of children (and adults) as they watch the Christmas parades in our cities and other Christmas and holiday events. To see the huge grins on a child’s face when the Christmas tree is lit. To see people put some money in the Salvation Army pot. I find Joy in being with my family. And like the above, to see people give of themselves to help others.
I find the Love in a feed trough in a small desert town named Bethlehem centuries ago. God loved us so much that He sent His only Son to be born as a human, to live and die as a human and then, in order to save us from a hopeless, peaceless, joyless, loveless eternity … however, he rose from the dead (after all, He is the Son of God), so that we may experience the fullness of this season.
So, I worry and am concerned when I see what is going on in the world around us. To be honest, at times, it scares me to death to go into a crowded place where one never knows who is around. But, my faith and trust in Jesus Christ, whose birth we are celebrating, gives me the Peace and Joy I need to get out of bed each day. I know that no matter what, He will be with me wherever I go, even though, I am not promised protection from the evils of the world, I am promised a future full of Love, Joy, and Peace. That is my Hope. And it can be your Hope, too.
And for today my friends, I wish you a Merry Christmas and this has been the gospel according to Jimmy.
Jimmy Cochran is a resident of McDonough, a musician, a minister and the author of “Being God’s” and “Staying God’s,” both available at Amazon.com. Being God’s is now also available at Moyes Pharmacy in McDonough.