“Peace on Earth and goodwill toward men”…
This was the cry of the angels at the birth of Christ. Most of us are familiar with these words at Christmas time. It has become a token phrase that is plastered on all sorts of decoration and Christmas cards, but its so much more. The Angels were shouting because God had wrapped himself in flesh and came to Earth that night to accomplish the ultimate peace on Earth and goodwill toward men. Fast forward about 30 years or so and we see Jesus teaching about good will. When asked what was the greatest commandment, he said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment and the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.”
You see there is no peace or good will without love. When God in all his majesty lowered himself and stepped into our vulnerability, he offered us peace and turned his wrath into good will. What do we do with that? That’s big theology! The truth is that deep down we all feel a draw toward eternity. When we see injustice or see the poor we feel that twinge of pain down deep in our chest. We are compelled from within to step into those situations and do something about it. Recently, here in Houston we saw this play out in dramatic fashion in response to Harvey. We saw destruction. We experienced either directly or indirectly, loss. We also saw a massive city band together to run to the brokenness and provide for one another in some pretty amazing ways. Was this not peace? Was this not good will?
In this season humanity is more aware of need. It’s no accident. What Jesus began over 2000 years ago made such an impact that it reverberates through every heart today. At Cornerstone, we are in the business of loving our neighbor. We reach out to the least of these and we form bonds that last over generations. Our volunteers encourage and guide our students and families weekly. I am so proud of the work they do. Its hard work and it takes time to develop the kinds of relationships that change people. They do this work. In this season, maybe you are feeling that twinge…that draw, to do something, to make and impact. I would encourage you to practice peace and good will by loving your neighbor locally and donating your year-end gifts to Cornerstone. Your gift makes an immediate impact and goes farther dollar for dollar than many larger organizations.
Thank you for your thoughts and prayers of support. We invite you to come and see your support at work by visiting our programs. You can see firsthand what good will looks like. I am proud of the work Cornerstone does and I want to invite you to be a part of it. Blessings to you and yours this holiday season and peace and good will toward men!