Heavenly Peace

“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.

About elainecreasman

I am a freelance writer and inspirational speaker. Since 1986 I have led the Suncoast Christian Writers Group.
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2 Responses to Heavenly Peace

  1. Mary Ardis says:

    Less than a week before Christmas this is a great reminder, Elaine, to seek His heavenly peace. May you and all your readers receive His peace into their hearts today and rejoice in His birth and death and resurrection.
    Merry Christmas!

  2. Thank You Elaine, 2012 has cost my family the loss of my oldest brother,his wife of over 30 yrs, my first cousin, a 29 yrs old son of a dear friends, my childrens Grandpa, my last Aunt on my Mothers side.Your blog is alway a blessing to me even if I don’t write a note. The song that has brought me peace is “It is Well with my Soul…” As you said it is so easy to focus on the things that steal our peace…we are instructed to “seek peace and persue it!” No doult because this world is always trying to drive His peace far from us.
    We mourn with those who mourn over the sinceless loss of innocent children, and we are humble for the gift of our loved.

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