“Sleep in heavenly peace,” I finished singing “Silent Night” to the woman who was filled with anxiety and sat across from me.
I had sung several Christmas carols to her, but they had done little to calm her.
“What you need is heavenly peace,” I said.
Then I began to sing a song to her—a new song the Lord was bringing to mind—a song about heavenly peace.
“Lord, she needs Your heavenly peace.
Calm her heart; let her sorrows cease.
Help her to know that You are near.
Dissolve her fear.
And help her receive,
Help her receive
Your heavenly peace.”
As I sang, I realized that’s the kind of peace we all need—God’s heavenly peace.
When the angels came to announce Jesus’ birth, they proclaimed that heavenly peace was coming to earth.
Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:14 KJV
When Jesus left the earth, He reminded people that even though He was going back to heaven He was leaving behind His heavenly peace:
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you…” John 14: 27 NIV 1984
Christmas time reminds us of our need for heavenly peace. Sometimes it seems elusive especially when we are going through trials, traumas, or tragedies. Christmas time can bring to mind those whom we have lost to death or in other ways since the last Christmas.
The recent killing of children by a troubled gunman has brought turmoil to many hearts in our nation. But even in the midst of such a tragedy, God’s promise of peace is still there.
So often when I pray and ask God what He has to say to me, three words come: “Receive My peace.” God’s peace is there for me, but sometimes I fail to receive it. Instead I focus on those things in this world that seem to steal away my peace.
This Christmas even as I continue to mourn the tragedy of the deaths of innocent children and the tragic death of a loved one since last Christmas, I will receive God’s peace—His heavenly peace.
I’m so glad Jesus came to earth to give us that peace.
Will you receive it today—right this moment? Let’s rest in His heavenly peace.