Scripture: "Suddenly a great company of the Heavenly Host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 'Glory to God in the Highest, and on earth peace to those on whom His favor rests'” (Luke 2:13-14).
Reflection: God's favor rests on you. God wants to pour out His peace upon you. God invites us to enter into a new relationship with Him, one so closely united to His Divine nature by means of His uniting Himself to our human nature. God becomes man in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ. God takes on human flesh, and becomes one of us. This is an extraordinary thing, and the angels in Heaven sing praises to God for His great love for us. The message this Christmas season is this: God wants to be close to us, to be close with us. He is here, now, offering His hand to us. See the child Jesus reaching up His arms to you now, asking you to please accept Him, and all the Love that He is. God is Love. And Love, loves us.
Questions: Do I ask God for peace in my life, in my heart, in my family? Do I ask God to show me ways I can be a person of peace and bring peace into the situations going on in my life right now? Am I open to forgiving, to healing, to restoration of broken relationships? To what degree do I want peace, only for myself in prayer - or can I bring peace to others by my actions as well?
Prayer: Lord, you took on my human nature out of Love for me. With a desire to restore my brokenness, you have come to set me free. Please deliver me from all the fears I have of following you. Help me to realize that you are the answer to my life. You are the answer to every stirring of my soul. Help me to pray to you in a more intimate way, sharing my heart with yours. Thank you Lord, for coming to earth, and remaining with us always. Help me to be a peaceful presence in the lives of my family and friends. Restore me and renew me once again. I rejoice with the angels in glorifying your name and I ask for this unshakeable Peace you promise to your followers. Amen.
Join us again tomorrow for another spiritual reflection. May God Bless you, and everyone near and dear to you.