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Finding Peace by Brandon Greason

An Advent Devotion
The Canticles of Christmas
Week One: Ave Maria

Wednesday, December 6

Michah 5:1-5a

And he will be their peace. (Micah 5:5a)

One of our favorite movies to watch each year during the Holiday season is “Christmas Vacation” starring Chevy Chase. I’m sure many of you have seen this movie. The protagonist, Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase), becomes obsessed with hosting the perfect, fun, old-fashioned family Christmas with both sides of his family lodging in his house for a few days. 

Needless to say, the perfect Christmas does not happen. From the moment people arrive, a tumultuous, chaotic scene plays out in the days leading up to Christmas. It is not until the evening before Christmas, when the house is a wreck, his boss is kidnapped by a family member, and he doesn’t receive his annual work bonus, that Clark finds his peace amid the chaos. During the holiday season, many of us can relate.

We all long for peace—in our relationships, in our careers, and especially in our world. We see chaos play out before our eyes on a daily basis. Though chaos surrounds them and a siege may be laid against them, Micah tells his people a ruler will rise up for them bringing strength and security.  Micah says “…he shall be the one of peace.”

Where do we find peace? I daily find peace in the smiles and laughter of my two boys. And in the bedtime routine as I watch them peacefully close their eyes and drift off to sleep. But perhaps a more important question, not only in this season but daily, is this:  do we allow ourselves to be used as instruments of God’s peace?

by Brandon Greason