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Jeremiah 29:1-7   Thought/Prayer:  An Unusual 12-25 Peace-Connection?  Topics:  2 at end.

Jeremiah’s Letter to the Exiles  Now these are the words of the letter that Jeremiah the prophet sent from Jerusalem to the residue of the elders which were carried away captives, and to the priests, and to the prophets, and to all the people whom Nebuchadnezzar had carried away captive from Jerusalem to Babylon; (After that Jeconiah the king, and the queen, and the eunuchs, the princes of Judah and Jerusalem, and the carpenters, and the smiths, were departed from Jerusalem;) By the hand of Elasah the son of Shaphan, and Gemariah the son of Hilkiah, (whom Zedekiah king of Judah sent to Babylon to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon) saying, Thus said the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, to all that are carried away captives, whom I have caused to be carried away from Jerusalem to Babylon; Build you houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them; Take you wives, and beget sons and daughters; and take wives for your sons, and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters; that you may be increased there, and not diminished. And seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray to the LORD for it: for in the peace thereof shall you have peace.  (AKJV)  (Read this scripture and more at http://prayerpivot.com)

Christmas day.  It’s the most holy day of the year for Christians.  Many may reflect and ponder and consider things concerning the Lord Jesus – and their own lives, particularly spiritually.  And there is one aspect of this day that may be noticed . . . but it’s not directly in the line of faith . . . but yet a pause of life, one day a year.  It is that it’s the one national holiday where most stores and other businesses are closed. 

Sometimes when driving somewhere on Christmas morning, in our towns or cities, we will remark that there are no cars in formerly busy parking lots (probably maddeningly busy the week before - !!!).  But a drive on Christmas is just peacefully different.  Empty lots; wide-open streets; no lines at stoplights or left-turn lanes.  It just feels:  peaceful.  Calm.

Could there be a connection, although quite indirect, between this occurrence and the peace that Jesus brings to us?  Yes, very indirect.  And yet, when driving peacefully along, maybe our hearts become calmer because we are not going against the grain of quietness as we do most of the other 364 days a year.  Particularly in cities, there is rarely a day that inspires thoughts of peace when we are in the midst of terrific speedy busy-ness and stress.  Maybe we long for another Christmas morning!

This scripture is about a letter that Jeremiah sent to the priests and prophets who had been carried away to Babylon.  He tells them this, in part:  “And seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray to the LORD for it: for in the peace thereof shall you have peace.”  Right here we see that God wants us to pray for peace in the places where we are.  We are to pray for God’s peace.  And, if our city/town/dwelling place has peace, then we will too!  Christmas morning may be just the image we need to inspire us to pray for that peace, His peace.

The Christ child came to bring peace.  He is our peace (Ephesians 2:14).  So those of us who know Him as Savior have a special understanding of peace; and we may be even more convicted to pray for the peace of our cities.

Lord, thank You for this one day a year when activity comes to a pleasant halt and we can reflect on peacefulness . . . in peacefulness.  Help us who know You to pray for peace where we live . . . and in the world . . . and to pray for the peace of Christ in the lives of those we know.  And may this peace even extend to the womb and the preborn within.

Topics:  Praise the Lord that He brings peace.  Pray for the peace of the place where you live.
Pray for peace in our nation’s capital

Posted by Gail Richardson on 12/26 at 12:03 PM
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