For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end.
Christ was not born into a time of peace. At the time of His birth, Israel was occupied by the Roman Empire. And very shortly after His birth, Mary, Joseph, and their Son had to flee to Egypt to escape the persecution of King Herod (Matt.2). Sometimes, it seems like so many of the words sung around Christmas time are mocking the real situations facing us in the world. Where is peace to be found in a world of poverty, a world of war, a world of hatred? Yet Jesus’ birth came with the promise peace. Where is it to be found?
Here is a link to Simon and Garfunkle’s Silent Night/Seven O’Clock news. It’s the words of Silent Night overlapped with a newscast and captures, I think some of the contradiction of celebrating “Peace on Earth” in a time of war.
I wish I had something more to say, something about finding peace in our own lives and sharing it with others, but I don’t have the words for it. But I do hope that all of you can find peace this Christmas Season.