When John?s cold turned into pneumonia, he ended up in the hospital. At the same time, his mother was being treated for cancer a few floors above him, and he felt overwhelmed with worries about her and about his own health. Then on Christmas Eve, when the radio played the carol ?O Holy Night,? John was flooded with a deep sense of God?s peace. He listened to the words about it being the night of the dear Savior?s birth: ?A thrill of hope the weary soul rejoices, for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn!? In that moment, his worries about himself and his mother vanished.
This ?dear Savior? born to us, Jesus, is the ?Prince of Peace,? as Isaiah prophesied (Isaiah 9:6). Jesus fulfilled this prophecy when He came to earth as a baby, bringing light and salvation to ?those living in the land of the shadow of death? (Matthew 4:16; see Isaiah 9:2). He embodies and gives peace to those He loves, even when they face hardship and death.
There in the hospital, John experienced the peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7) as he pondered the birth of Jesus. This encounter with God strengthened his faith and sense of gratitude as he lay in that sterile room away from his family at Christmas. May we too receive God?s gift of peace and hope.
By: Amy Boucher Pye
Our Daily Bread
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