“For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6)

How many times have I read and heard that familiar verse? Especially at this time of year. Yet tonight I heard the last 3 words in very real and personal way. Prince of Peace”

A few of my many stressors right now have been well documented in this blog. They have been building and growing like a snowball grows to the size of a snowman. To be honest, I am about to crack. I admitted it to my wife tonight at dinner; “I have never been under more stress then I am right now”.  She was kind enough to say that it doesn’t show. I wish my internal self could hold it together as well as the outside appears to be doing.

Then I heard it. The words from the song on the radio simply said “Hold me Jesus, ’cause I’m shakin’ like a leaf. You have been my King of Glory, won’t you be my Prince of Peace”. If I have ever needed a Prince of PEACE it’s right now. I need some rest. I need some refuge. Then I remember that all of those years ago, he came. He came in the form of a baby. He came to bring a peace in the midst of stress, a calm in the storm and a place for the weary to find strength.

From my family to yours, we wish each of you a Merry Christmas! As we approach the manger this year, may we do so with thankful hearts. Thankful to our “Prince of Peace”. Thankful for the grace and thankful for the sacrifice. May God bless each of you this Christmas season.