Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Advent 30 Day Retreat: Week 3 Day 24

Read the Word of God with a prayerful heart.
By Susanne Timpani

 Hark! The herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King;
Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!” 
(1739 Charles Wesley)

Is peace on earth even possible amidst the violence and grief our world suffers?
'Peace on earth…' The opening verse of 'Hark the Herald Angels Sing' infers a link between peace on earth and Christmas.
Christians use an old fashioned word for this devastation. Sin. In 1739, the song writer for this carol, Charles Wesley, summed up the connection between Christmas and peace. 'God and sinners reconciled.'
We all add to the lack of peace and devastation in our world. We all qualify for the best Christmas present of all. The gift of forgiveness, and the return of peace. Wesley writes that everyone is entitled to this free gift.
'Light and life to all He brings,
Ris’n with healing in His wings.' 

If we are struggling with a lack of peace in our lives we can use this time to sit in God's presence and experience His precious gift.