Peace is a Top Five Christmas word. Yet peace eludes us, even now. Crime, wars, and disease threaten our very being. Yet peace must be more than an absence of these things. It's a little naive' for someone who is against our wars to demand peace. Don't get me wrong, a world without violence would be infinitely better than a world with it. But was Iraq at peace before we invaded? Will it be at peace when we leave?
And how about us? We live in a relatively safe world. Terrorism, crime, and the threat of deadly accidents occupy a minute portion of thought space, but does this put us at peace?
In Luke 2 the angel sang "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth...peace."
Just ten chapters later Luke records the words of Jesus... "Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, but division."
This tells me that the waters of peace are deeper and more treacherous than what we originally thought.
Yet still, we pray for peace, we pray the child sleeping in the night may just yet bring us goodness and light.