Surely you have seen the bumper sticker, if not the marquis sign outside a place of worship. It proclaims in a matter of pun: “No Jesus, No Peace. Know Jesus, Know Peace!” As trite as this kind of message seems to be, it brings to mind the message of Christmas “Peace on earth!”

This week as you gather with family or friends around a Christmas table loaded with decadent foods of all forms and fashions, or around a Christmas tree decked out in all the trimmings and loaded with brightly wrapped treasures just waiting to be torn into, take a moment to consider the Peace – the Prince of Peace – who made all this tradition part of your life.

This year as we celebrate Christmas, let our hearts resound with Peace, and let our voices lift with singing about the Prince of Peace.