Celebrating or Stressing?

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As we approach the Advent season, it is a time filled with joy as we celebrate the birth of our Savior. Even though the season is filled with festivities, food, family and friends, sometimes all of the hustle and bustle can become overwhelming and put a damper on our joy.

For families struggling through tension and conflict, the stress of the season goes beyond merely managing the busy holiday schedule. The empty chair at the dinner table, the attempts at polite conversation, and the challenge of walking on relational eggshells only serves to magnify the complications and imperfections that already exist within the family.

As I think about the challenges of relational conflict during the holidays, I am reminded of that time long ago when angels filled the night sky and proclaimed “peace to those on whom his favor rests,” (Luke 2:14b, NIV). That peace came into our world wrapped as a baby in swaddling clothes – and the God who offered peace and reconciliation to humanity then, still offers it to us today.

Final thoughts…

When family tension causes us to feel there is more to stress about than celebrate at Christmas, our hearts long for more than peace on earth. We long for peace in our families.

This year as your family gathers to celebrate the holidays, are there relationships you want to see changed for the better? Are you ready to be a part of that change? If so, I urge you to take that first step onto the The Path of a Peacemaker. Go to your Heavenly Father. Share your cares, concerns, and questions. Open your heart to what He wants to do inside of you, and if possible, consider how you can authentically connect with that person with whom you’ve been at odds. Peace is possible. Walk the Path.

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Dale Pyne – CEO, Peacemaker Ministries

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