Text- (Psalm 122:6, 7a, 8-9) Pray for Jerusalem’s peace! Prosperity to all you Jerusalem-lovers! Friendly insiders get along. For the sake of my family and friends, I say it again: live in peace! For the sake of the house of our God, God. I’ll do my very best for you. (The Message-Eugene H. Peterson)
Have you and your family received any Christmas cards yet? I know people who send them out the day before Thanksgiving.
Do you read any of them? Do your parents read them to you? Do you tape them somewhere, or leave them in a Christmas basket to share with others? Do you have any favorites from last year? Do you keep them? Some of the messages are really nice and thoughtful; maybe they should have been kept out to review on occasion?
I have a couple from last year. Let’s see what they say. Maybe there is still meaning eleven months later.
“This Christmas greeting from me to you brings happiness the whole year through!” Does that apply now?
Here’s another, “May the star of wonder shine on you and bring you peace.” How does that apply to today? “Peace on earth.” That is a familiar one. Have you heard of that one before? It seems that every year our Christmas message is “Peace on Earth.” It usually is a safe greeting for your cards because there is always a need for peace in the world.
We can learn from old Christmas Cards. How does this one sound? “Pray for Jerusalem’s peace! Prosperity to all you Jerusalem lovers! Friendly insiders get along. For the sake of my family and friends, I say it again: live in peace! For the sake of the house of our God. I’ll do my very best for you.”
How does that sound for a Christmas greeting for peace? It sounds like it could be used today. Except the person who wrote that “card” was King David in Psalm 122, at least 500 years before Jesus was born. He wanted “Peace on Earth” too.
If peace was important to King David. It’s important for us to remember each day of the year the Christmas greeting of “Peace on Earth.”
Hymn-“O God Of Love, Grant Us Your Peace” ¾ John A. Dalles
Prayer-Dear God. Thank you for the Christmas cards our family receives. Help us remember the special messages they hold for the whole year. Amen
Prop-I found some Christmas cards from last year. I picked out the ones that said “Peace on Earth” or something similar. After I read a few to get it going I inserted the above Psalm from David.
by William Bode