Enjoying Christmas: Peace

For the last two days I have been working on my last handmade Christmas gift. It was coming along beautifully, until bedtime last night when I discovered it had been ruined in the final step. Echoing in my ears were my pastor’s words from Sunday morning…

Peace is not the absence of crisis, but the presence of Christ.

For he himself is our peace…for through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. Eph 2:14,18

My circumstances are that I still need to remake or purchase a gift to be mailed, my office looks like a tornado went through it, and I am going to the doctor {again} because I have been sick for 18 days. However, the truth is that even if my home was worthy of a photo shoot with Martha Stewart and I was healthy enough to run a marathon, I could lack peace.

Today I pray that we would be reminded of the source of our peace.

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Phil 4:7

What are your favorite verses for remembering the source of peace in your life?