“So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.”
John 1:14 NLT
Twice today overcome across this passage. And both times I could feel the way these words bring immediate peace to me. Just hearing them calms the riot of thoughts in my head, stills the emotions and worries in my heart, makes my breathing slower, more even.
It’s like I can hear God whispering through these words: all shall be well – all manner of things shall be made well.
This is an important thing at this time of year and at the moment in human history. As we journey towards Christmas, things only grow busier and more stressful. There is so much to be done, and time seems to speed up. As we look around us, the world is a bit of a mess: there are wars, terrorist attacks, mass shootings, natural disasters.
It would be easy to lose any sense of peace we might have. But the words at the beginning of the Gospel According to John tell us to slow down, to relax, to trust that the unfailing love and faithfulness present in the Christ child is still among us now as God leads us onward.
And in doing that – in putting our trust in the One who deserves it – we find that peace that passes understanding. It may not make sense to others, but in Jesus we find our peace.
This Advent, may the words that bring you peace come to you just at the moment you most need them. And may they remind you to trust the God who became like one of us in order to reconcile is to Him.