Sometimes it is difficult to get excited during the Christmas season if you are going through something that is difficult.
Author Bo Stern understands it all. She has spent the past two Christmases trying to connect with the joy of the season.
In response to that struggle, Bo gives us the word "Increase".
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon[d] his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.
- Isaiah 9:6-7
God promises that He is going to bring this endless, infinite peace in our lives!
Jesus is here now.
He has come so that we can have that promise in our lives right now. We can know infinite peace. We can know that peace in the midst of our chaos.
So take heart and know that Jesus came to give you that increase of peace in your life.