In the Goo Goo Dolls’ song “Can't Let It Go,” there is a powerful line about peace. It goes, “Can't we try to win this peace cause we're never going to win this war.”
For a long time, I saw peace as the end of war. If you fought hard enough, you would win peace. The truth is the end of war is messy and painful, and peace still has to be created. Maybe it would be better to find peace by skipping straight to the creating.
God chose to teach us about Peace through the birth of a baby. As someone who had a baby this year, I have to admit that the first few weeks were some of the least peaceful of my life. We were barely sleeping, and we were constantly worrying that we weren't doing things right. We suddenly had responsibility for this new life that was so fragile. What we experienced was nothing compared to the difficulties that Mary and Joseph faced as they brought their sweet baby into this world.
In the midst of the chaos, I held my son, and I felt a sense of peace. He is a blank slate. He represents an opportunity to move forward without holding onto the old hurts. I can help him grow into the kind of man that creates peace in the world. He gives me a new reason for wanting to do my part to help create peace.
May we see the possibilities for peace as we hold the baby Jesus this Christmas, and may we find the courage to create peace in our families, our communities, and our world.