Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men! Luke 2:14
There are two levels of peace in the world. There is peace in my personal world and peace in the world at large. Things can be relatively peaceful in my life and my family—I have a job, the bills are getting paid, the kids are doing okay, and so on—while there is a distinct lack of peace in the world—there are wars, disasters, homeless refugees, economic upheavals, and more.
To the shepherds outside Bethlehem, to whom Jesus’ birth was announced, life could have been personally peaceful. It was probably a quiet night, shepherds and flocks at rest. But the same was not true of their “world”—they lived under the heel of Rome and its puppet governors like Herod. Soldiers were present everywhere and religious squabbles ruled the day. Then the angels appeared to announce “on…
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