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The Incarnation; He Is Our Peace!

For a lot of us we’ve grown up with the words of  Luke 2:14 going through our heads during the holiday season.” Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” However, when we look at the world around us we’re tempted to ask what peace. The Society of International Law, in London, reports that during the last 4,000 years there have been only 268 years of peace in spite of good peace treaties, and in the last 3 centuries there have been 286 wars on the continent of Europe alone.

It reminds me of the story of a man sought the perfect picture of peace. Not finding one that satisfied, he announced a contest to produce this masterpiece. The challenge stirred the imagination of artists everywhere, and paintings arrived from far and wide. Finally, the great day of revelation arrived. The judges uncovered one peaceful scene after another, while the viewers clapped and cheered until only two pictures remained veiled.The first was mirror-smooth lake reflected lacy, green birches under the soft blush of the evening sky. Along the grassy shore, a flock of sheep grazed undisturbed. Surely this was the winner. However the second was much different it was a powerful waterfall cascaded down a rocky precipice; the crowd could almost feel its cold, penetrating spray. Stormy-gray clouds threatened to explode with lightning, wind, and rain. In the midst of the thundering noises and bitter chill, a spindly tree clung to the rocks at the edge of the falls. One of its branches reached out in front of the torrential waters as if foolishly seeking to experience its full power, and there a little bird had built a nest in the elbow of that branch. Content and undisturbed in her stormy surroundings, she rested on her eggs. With her eyes closed and her wings ready to cover her little ones, she manifested peace in spite of all her surroundings.