Today, Christmas Eve, I’m thinking of our Prince of Peace. Also thinking about family. So, I remember a very, very old praise chorus from about 28 years ago:
“He is our peace, who has broken down every wall. He is our peace, He is our peace.
He is our peace, who has broken down every wall, He is our peace, He is our peace.
Cast all your cares on Him, for He cares for you.
He is our peace, He is our peace. Cast all your cares on Him, for He cares for you, He is our peace, He is our peace.”
Our family is together under one roof! There are no words to describe my joy and thankfulness. Moms and Dads that have older children that are grown and even married – understand – THIS is a Very Special Time (!)Exclamation Point! I am so happy inside that I just want to cry,(that’s a woman thing, sorry dads.) However, I don’t think the kids really know how we feel. We are just so happy to be in the same room together. “O how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” (Ps.133:1)
Today, they don’t understand, but someday, the kids will know.
Back to the song: “He is our peace, who has broken down every wall…”
Thinking of family, thinking of the Father God and the earthly place where He, The Father is thought to ‘rest His feet.’ the spot that comes to mind is Jerusalem! And we all know that Jerusalem means the City of Peace. And yes, we all know just how peaceful Jerusalem is! Hmmmm, Jerusalem, the City of Peace – totally dysfunctional!
So, I am encouraged because God, our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace KNOWS and UNDERSTANDS a dysfunctional home! But I am sure that none of you understand what I am talking about because you all have children like the show ’21 and counting’! But God knows what I am talking about – He has Jerusalem! My family gets along very well,we can sing a nice ‘melody’, but we do have a moments where we truly are not ‘harmonizing!’
The song again: “He is our peace…”
Well, as a mom, I can say simple words like “O.K.” and get into trouble! I can enter a room, with everything fine, and say one thing and cause a cascade of raised voices! What in the world is going on here? God knows, He has Jerusalem!
“HE is our peace, who has broken down EVERY wall…”
It is all making sense to me now. You see, every son and daughter will not have what he or she needs emotionally from his or her mother or father. God is the One who can meet that need. He is the One we must seek. Just as every wife or husband will not have all of their emotional needs met by his or her mate, because only GOD can meet those needs. He is there and able to provide all that is needed. We’ve got to get our vertical relationship right so we can sing in harmony with our horizontal relationships.
Don’t you see? The dysfunctional leads each of us to HIM! The Prince of Peace has come. Jesus doesn’t give peace.
Jesus IS peace.
So God uses ALL the dysfunction to draw us ever so close to Him.
The song: “Cast all your care on Him, for He cares for you. He is our peace. He is our peace. Cast all your care on Him, for He cares for you. He is our peace. He is our peace.”
So today, this Christmas eve we talk to the the Father, the Wonderful Counselor; we
meaning moms and dads, sons and daughters – we pray today:
“Father God, we thank you that You sent Your Son to come to pay a huge debt that we owed, the shed blood on the cross for our sins.By believing and receiving Your most precious Christmas gift ever, Your son,
we then are covered by Your blood. And Father, you see us as perfect. You see us as all those beautiful children in a Christmas program with their wiggles and squirms and even a tiny bit of pushing and shoving, You hear our voices with melody and harmony, even though they may be squeaking and out of tune. You are Wonderful, You are Counselor.
Dear Lord, we even thank you for moments of ‘dysfunction’ in our families because You alone work all our dysfunction for your good – and (Eph 2:13-14) “Now in Christ Jesus, you who were once far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation. Draw us to You.” In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
“He is our peace, HE