From the time my daughter was old enough to participate, our family has enjoyed working jigsaw puzzles. This has been especially true during the Christmas Season. We spread the pieces out on a puzzle board and work in fits and starts. Sometimes we might all work around the board at the same time. At other times, one of us will stop for a minute or two and find a piece as we pass by. It seems that there is always a ‘key’ piece that needs to be found that allows the rest of the puzzle to fit together. On one occasion, we all searched for the ‘missing’ piece, but to no avail. Finally, we found it. It had been knocked off the table and was face down on the floor. Once retrieved, we were able to move ahead with putting the puzzle together.
There is a life lesson in the scenario above for troubled people, especially during the Holidays. If you’re having trouble solving the puzzle of life, look for the missing piece. So often in the ‘puzzle of life’ there is a key piece missing. If that missing piece is located, the rest of the puzzle will begin to fit together.
When you can’t get the pieces of life to fit together, look for the missing “peace”. An old adage says it succinctly: “No Jesus – No Peace; Know Jesus – Know Peace.” One of the best-known scripture of the Christmas season is found in Isaiah: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).
When a person receives the Savior into their lives, He can bring true peace to them. Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33, NKJV). He still desires speak to people who have trouble getting life’s pieces to fit: “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27). The Peace of Christ is the right place to start in helping a person get life’s pieces to fit together.
Oh, how our troubled world needs to hear the message the angels brought so long ago. Let us receive the angel’s song, fresh and new: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill to men” (Luke 2:14).
The prayer of all of us at New Hope International Ministries is that the Peace of Christ fills your heart this Christmas Season. We want to thank everyone who helps NHIM take the Gospel, the Good news of Christmas, to a lost and broken world.
JESUS IS THE PRINCE OF PEACE
~ Brother Roy