Generally, New Year’s Day is a day filled with eager anticipation & hope as we look forward to the opportunity for a fresh start & all the hidden events & opportunities that await us. In many ways however, I think we can all agree that the feeling this year as we step into the new year, is very different than in previous years, as fear, doubt, & dread fill the overcast skies.
One has to wonder when fear, doubt, pain & hopeless despair threaten to overtake us, how we are able to sustain the hope, peace, joy & receive the love that we experienced as we paused at the manger on Christmas eve.
The peace of God is grounded in God’s unconditional Agape love for all of creation. It is different than worldly peace that temporarily may calm the waters of conflict when people resolve differences from time to time & that comes & goes depending on the particular situation.