I had the opportunity of visiting the vast grandeur space of the Princeton University Chapel in New Jersey, USA recently.
Built in the 1920s, the cathedral stands at about 11 stories high and seats close to 2,000 people. Its entrance was beautiful, glorious and welcoming. But what stood out the most to me was the incredible peace that seemed to emanate from the atmosphere.
The cathedral was built just after the first world war and so it was to serve as a testament to God being a refuge for anyone going through painful and tough times. It was to be a place where people could go to be restored, healed and have a sense of peace despite what was happening outside its doors.
During the Christmas season, peace seems to get drowned in the hustle and bustle of holiday activities. Yet peace is a big part of the Christmas story. In Luke 2:14 the angels told the shepherds, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men”. Peace was so important that the angels had to proclaim it when Jesus Christ was born.
Life without peace is chaotic, confusing and full of turmoil. Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace came to the earth so that His peace could be made available to you. So how can one get this peace? Simply say this prayer, “Heavenly Father, I confess that Jesus is Lord, and I believe in my heart that you raised Him from the dead. I repent of my sin. Forgive me, wash and cleanse me. Thank you for the peace Jesus Christ has provided for me – I receive it. Amen