13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests.” (Luke 2:13-14)
This is the second (and final) post based on these two verses. It felt important to cover ‘awe’ and ‘peace’ separately.
Yesterday I mentioned that I imagined the experience of the angels appearing was likely to be loud. That nicely brings me to something that I discovered in 2015: it doesn’t have to be quiet in order to experience peace. In fact, I believe that the expression “peace and quiet” can be quite misleading.
From my experience the peace that is mentioned here is like a soft, still voice of calm1 in the midst of whatever is going on around us, good or bad. It seems to me that peace is a very gentle experience, which is difficult to describe.
The angels, when praising God, proclaim ‘peace to those on whom his favour rests’. It is my prayer, that you will experience peace. I pray that even in the busyness and stress of Christmas, and all that life brings at other times of the year, you will know the life-giving, remarkable, God-given peace in your heart and mind.
1 The words ‘soft, still voice of calm’ is adapted from the words from the hymn, “Dear Lord and Father of Mankind” with words taken from a longer poem, The Brewing of Soma by American Quaker poet John Greenleaf Whittier. The adaptation was made by Garrett Horder in his 1884 Congregational Hymns.