December 19, 2021

“The Fourth Gift”

Passage: Isaiah 9:6-7 and Luke 2:13-19
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At Christmas humankind should lay aside differences and all should be at peace. Harmony and goodwill should reign over our lives and relationships. We all know the difficulty of making this a reality in our lives and in our world. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's carol "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" points to the true human condition at Christmas and all year long. "And in despair I bowed my head, 'there is no peace on earth,' I said. 'For hate is strong and mocks the song of peace on earth, goodwill to men'". The Prince of Peace came to break the chains of anger, hate and malice. The baby in Bethlehem wants for you this Christmas Peace on Earth and Peace in your heart.