These words written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow during the Civil War are still true today. Hate is strong and peace is not found in the world. Yet, it is possible to be at peace and to find peace and forgiveness in your heart. True peace comes only from knowing Jesus Christ as your Savior.
Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ as a human baby. Jesus left his home in Heaven and willing came to Earth to live as among us and to sacrifice His life for us. Without Christmas, there would be no Easter—no death on the cross, no resurrection, no hope of salvation.
This is the good news the angels spoke about when they announced the birth of Jesus to the shepherds. “I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. Today in the town of David a Savior is born to you: he is Christ the Lord…Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2: 10 –11, 14)
As you celebrate Christmas in a few days, I pray that the true meaning of Christmas will bring joy and peace to your heart. If you don’t know Jesus Christ as your Savior, there is no better time to invite Him into your heart.