“Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”
Today is a different type of post as we don’t use the word love and peace much within the workplace, but I certainly think we should.
I am still troubled by the events of this past weekend. As I woke very early on Sunday morning I prayed for those in the pulpits across America to be ready with wisdom and courage in their spirit to be able to deliver assurances to those who would be heading to church for the first time in years because they felt a longing for meaning and understanding. As I picked up the newspaper on Monday morning there were multiple stories of how churches across the country were filled beyond usual. When we are searching, the human spirit returns to our Creator.
I attended a little community church in Charlestown, RI. where the Pastor spoke of the need for love, unity and peace. He was right to do so as we needed to hear that message and it was comforting to be in the presence of others who sought the same. But as I have continued to search my own heart on what it is that I can personally do it is within His Word that He revealed this to me even more. The Angels sang this over the birth of Jesus in Luke 2:14: “Glory to God in highest heaven,and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” Wow, this verse struck me like a lightning bolt, as if it as the first time I had ever read it (of course I’ve read and heard this verse beyond counting of times). But maybe, this is the first time I have really understood what the Angels were meaning. Notice who they proclaim will receive peace on earth.
Once again, God reveals what we are to do as followers of Jesus. Yes, we are to pray and work for peace, but that peace on earth that we so desire will only come to fruition if we are people to whom God is pleased. And how will this ever happen? It only happens if we are committed and actionable in spreading the love of God to as many people as we can. So for me, what I take from this past week is that love comes before peace and that love is maybe much more of our responsibility and that peace, it is the outcome of love.
Reference: Luke 2:14 (New Living Translation)