“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6

That’s my favorite “Christmas” verse. I ponder it often during this time of the year. What I love the most about it is the last name it gives for Jesus, The Prince of Peace. I’ve always longed for peace. Even when I was a child. Mom used to say that I was like my Grandpa, who was something of a “peacemaker” because he disliked conflict. I inherited that from him, along with a tendency to worry. The two are an interesting combination, certainly! As much as I search for peace in my own life, it is difficult for me to let go of my worry. I’ll never find peace so long as I harbor worry in my heart.

Truthfully, I’ll never find real, lasting peace apart from Christ. He told his disciples in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” His peace is not of this world. That’s why we can have peace in spite of circumstances!

There are things in my life right now that tempt me to worry. On top of that, this is the season when I feel Mom’s absence a little more sharply than the rest of the year. Either of these could easily pull me away from the peace that Jesus offers me. It’s too easy for me to let circumstances dictate to me whether or not I’ll be at peace. Slowly though, moment by moment, I’m reminded to turn to the Prince of Peace. I’m learning to give Him my burdens, rather than trying to carry them on my own. It’s a work in progress, and I still have so far to go! I’m beginning to see the truth of Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” I’ll never find the peace I so desperately desire within myself, but I will find it within Christ. I think the only way for me to learn these lessons is though the difficult situations. I’m starting to understand that sometimes God sends the hard things for my benefit.

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33