Be Still and Know the Season of Peace.

How do you feel about Christmas? Is it a time of excitement fun and family or is it a time of loneliness and disappointment? Perhaps it’s the first milestone without someone? Perhaps it’s been a tough year but Christmas gives an opportunity to pause and consider hope in what a new year might bring.

However you face Christmas this year as you rush from nativity to Christingle, carol service to family gatherings, squeezing through the crowds for that last minute gift. Can I take an opportunity to encourage you to stop to grab cuppa, or a glass of something, and take five minutes to be grateful for what you have and consider the Prince of Peace?

In this uncertain and challenging world the Bible encourages to…

 Always be joyful.  Never stop praying.  Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

When we are as the bible says, our minds are focused – they do not wander and dwell on the negative which can get us down.

This term, as a school we have been looking at the ten commandments and I have encouraged staff and students alike to consider their value – whether you choose to know God or not. As the busy-ness of Christmas unfolds I encourage you to look afresh at the meaning of Christmas, look past the temples of consumerism and our worship of “must have” to look beyond, at the God who calls you to “Be still and know I am God.”

The first meaning of this phrase comes from the Old Testament and the verse from Psalm 46:10, Be still and know that I am God. God is defending His city and people. The Hebrew definition is to stop striving, to let go, surrender. The chapter begins and ends with God is our Refuge.

The literal translation of, Be Still, taken from the Greek, is – Hush! And in modern terms: Shut Up!

How often do we ask God for everything, but we don’t stop to listen or to be still? The pupils and I talked recently about the fact that when something goes wrong in life people blame God but when things go well he doesn’t get a mention it’s luck. How can this be? Either God exists or he doesn’t.

The act of being still and getting quiet is becoming more and more of a challenge in our hectic world and especially at this time of year. The world asks us to be busy. God asks us to be still so that we can receive love, peace and guidance.

I pray that you have a peaceful and restful Christmas however you choose to spend it.

May the joy of the angels, the gladness of the shepherds, the worship of the wise men and the peace of the Christ child be yours this Christmas.

Kat Timms