The Lord will give strength to his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace. – Psalm 29:11
The hustle-bustle associated with holidays begins “Black Friday” (day after Thanksgiving) and typically, doesn’t ease-up until January 2. Consider noting a start date on your calendar to begin pre-emptive prayers.
Don’t consider this a punitive action. Just promise yourself that you will spend time with God at every opportunity. Then, make opportunities to pray for peace during the holidays. Remember, God has got your back.
For unto us a child is born…his name shall be called…The Prince of Peace. – Isaiah 9:6
Want to watch your spirit dance? Thank-you prayers work like contentment in a bottle. And the genie that pops out is you!
During the holidays, give gratitude to our Heavenly Father for sending Jesus, The Prince of Peace, to us. Ask God to show you how you can become a channel of peace for yourself, your family, your community and your country.
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. – Colossians 3:15
Our planet is troubled. Too much disharmony and hatred. Not enough love and balance. Letting peace rule your heart is a beautiful way to show the effects of peace and love to others. For instance, how many times have you waited and waited to turn left? The simple act of permitting another driver turn left in front of you can set up a whole reactive chain of people doing-good for each other.
Of course, ‘one body’ of people, who earn our everlasting gratitude, is the military. The body of people who keep our country safe and peaceful. Our prayers for the military during holidays may include: the deployed service member, the spouse, their children, health of the marriage.
Pray for the deployed person’s divine protection and safe return to his home and family. Pray for the at-home family’s resilience and patience while they wait for the deployed to return safely. Pray for peace on earth, so that all our military members may return home and rest in the arms of God.
At twilight time, whether dusk or dawn, the world, bathed in a golden light, seems a little softer and a lot more peaceful. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, you may have been operating on the grope-and-hope method. You’re likely exhausted. So, claim Christmas Day (dawn) twilight as your sacred time with God.
Ask God to help you remember to breathe, when the day gets chaotic. When your home environment is like a battlefield, deep breathing helps center you and restores inner-peace.
This day too will end. Find joy in the good stuff and just soldier through the bad stuff (like when Uncle Al drinks too much and gets disruptive).
Before the big meal, remind your guests and family of the Reason for the Season. Hold hands as the table is blessed. Bless the hands that prepared the food. Thank God for your many blessings.
When you know you’re right with God, you will be the beneficiary of “The peace of God, which passes all understanding…” (Philippians 4:7). This is the inner-peace that Jesus taught, based on God’s promise.
Without inner-peace, the holidays and all your days, will be without plan, passion or purpose.