Christmas Blessing from the National Council of Churches

Peace on Earth

 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising
God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom God favours!” Luke 2:13-14  

Peace on earth is more than the absence of conflict, peace is stability. Everyone wants stable employment, health, housing and. personal relationships. A stable political and economic environment is also desired.

Similar desires filled first century people. Economic and social pressures existed and increased when all citizens were required to journey to their home town for a census.

Christmas recalls the journey of one couple to Bethlehem. They longed for political stability and stable health services. Instead they delivered their baby in a stable filled with hay.  Angels heralded this birth to itinerant agricultural workers who went with haste to see the child. As well a sign seen in the stars brought gift bearing travelers from the East to Bethlehem. Each journey ended seeing Jesus the Prince of Peace.

The National Council of Churches in Australia wishes everyone a happy and peace filled Christmas and New Year as you discover God’s peace and love revealed in Jesus.

The Reverend Tara  Curlewis, General Secretary
National Council of Churches in Australia