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Pray for Peace on Earth

The year 2012 has been marred by violence. . .senseless deaths. . .unimaginable horror.   Humans being.  
Mankind is threatened not so much by disease, famine, Mother Nature or other calamity as it is by itself.  We are our own worst enemy–and not just here, but worldwide.
Why do we do such terrible things as kill innocent children in a school, such as what happened late last week?  Why do we kill innocent human beings before they are born?  At what point do we collectively say “Enough is enough!” and decide that we are all in this together, so let’s work together?
Christmas is approaching quickly, and this is our last issue before December 25.  Throughout the pages, one will find paid advertisements offering messages of thanks, wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  They are encouraging. They offer messages of . . .hope.
Could you imagine if God had taken out ads in the local media of the day around the time Jesus was born?  “Coming soon–A New Hope.” (Actually, I stole that from the title of one of the original Star Wars movies, but it sounds good, doesn’t it?).  Or how about, “Gabriel. Wise Men. Shepherds. The Savior.  Bethlehem.  Be there December 25!”  I could go on and on, but I’ll stop there.
In fact, God did ‘advertise’ the coming of the Christ through the ages via several prophets.  His messages were recorded in the Old Testament of the Bible.  The Israelites were promised ‘A New Hope’ that would come from the house of David and would offer complete redemption through a savior.
Imagine that. . .God was telling people hundreds of years before it happened that a savior was coming, out of the least of the villages (Bethlehem) and the savior would suffer so that all mankind would have a clear path to the Father.
What is God telling us now?  What has he said in 2012 about the future of mankind?  Because of the times, some believe that the second coming of Christ is imminent and could happen any day now, especially in our lifetime.  Others profess that we truly have no idea when Jesus will reappear to reign over the new heaven and the new earth.  The truth is written in the Bible.
This Christmas season, enjoy the fruits of your labor over the past year.  Enjoy the love of family and close friends.  Enjoy giving.  Enjoy celebrating the birth of Christ.  And most importantly, pray for peace to come to this earth.  No matter what it means to you, pray for peace.  Pray for peace in your family.  Pray for peace in your work place.  Pray for peace in your community or in your relationships.    Pray for peace among the quarrelers in our nation.  Pray for peace among the nations of the world.  And, Pray for the peace that comes with forgiveness. . . and then forgive.
My family and I, and the staff and families here at the Courier, wish each of you a peaceful and Merry Christmas.
Joe Buck Coates, publisher

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