Listen…PeaceThe dishes are all washed. The company has all gone home. Outside the dog is sleeping peacefully holding on to the last turkey bone. As you turn out the light an image of a great big peace symbol comes to mind. Listen, all is quiet, all is well; no children running, no babies crying, no adults bickering. As you pick up the sale paper and think of all the chaos soon to come, decorating, buying gifts, wrapping presents, you truly appreciate the present moment. However, we should take a moment before the big holiday rush to remember peace is not a symbol. Peace is not something we should have to listen for. Peace is not just a feeling we hope to have. Peace is a gift given by God. From the moment the angels came and told the shepherds “Fear not,” peace truly came to earth. Jesus came and brought peace. There was peace in His cries as He lay in the manger. There was peace as He grew and walked and sat and taught in the temple. There was peace as He became a man and performed miracle after miracle. There was peace when Jesus talked with His disciples before his crucifixion, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” There was peace when on the cross He said, “It is finished.” There was peace when Jesus retrieved the keys to death, hell, and the grave, and rose from the dead, opening the way for each of us to live forever in peace. Peace is a gift. Accept it and all will be truly well.