"For to us a child is born, to us, a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. - Isaiah 9:6
We know that not all was peaceful on that first Christmas night. There was a frantic search for lodging after a grueling journey forced by a foreign government. There was the pain and exhaustion of labor and childbirth. There was terror at the angel's first appearance. But there must also have been moments of profound silence as a new mother cradled her sleeping son and breathed in the newborn scent of his head. The shepherds must have felt it as they settle their flocks again in the fields, filled with wonder and gazing into the sparkling night sky. Sometimes it's in the darkness and silence that we are most aware that the Prince of Peace rules. When is the last time you listened to "Silent Night?" How can you set aside a few moments to step into the peace of this son who has been given, the Prince of Peace?"