As we come to the end of the year, it is important to reflect on all that has taken place. For some, there will be joyful memories which we can celebrate and thank God for. But for many of us, this year will have been difficult and not at all what we had hoped or longed for. Many have experienced a shaking and dismantling that has been taking place during this current season and it can be incredibly painful at times. But the dismantling brings an opportunity for God to build things anew. We can take new directions with Him if we follow the Spirit and shake off all that is holding us back or keeping us stuck.
The carol ‘Hark! the herald angels sing’ has this line:
Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!
The birth of Jesus brings us peace – reconciliation and intimacy with God – and we, through his death, may now carry that peace with us.
Whether Christmas is busy or quiet for you, make sure you take time with God in this season to process all that has gone by in the last 12 months. We need to grieve for all that has been lost, so that there is no place left for our pain to reside. Then, clothed in the armour of God – particularly the shoes of the readiness that comes with the gospel of peace (Ephesians 6:15) – it’s time to step into the new year with empty arms, ready to receive all that He has for us.
May you know Jesus and His peace more intimately this Christmas time.
Blessings Helen and Amy