It’s easy to “have peace” when everything is going well.

Life just clips along, the days merge into one another, and we feel as if all is right in the world.

But then things happen. Life happens. And that sense of peace and well-being is gone.

Amy Coles has been my “go to” for years . . . especially when things are out of kilter and peace is anything but present.

One particular day I’d encountered a situation I just had no idea how to handle. It was escalating quickly and I knew enough to know that I needed her wisdom and insight.

“I need you!”

I explained the situation, she listened, said she needed time to think about it before she offered wisdom but ended with this . . .

“All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.”

Truthfully, it drove me nuts!

“There is no way that ‘all will be well.'”

And in her calm way she reminded me that there is a peace that comes from a power much bigger than our own. And that peace would be ever present in that particular circumstance. The journey through it might be difficult, but in the end, “all would be well.” Years later I look back on that situation and see she was right.

That is the peace of Advent and Christmas.

It’s bigger than a feeling of contentment that occurs in us when all things are right in the world.

It is knowing that regardless of whatever situations we face, whatever uncertainties are before us . . . the light that broke into the darkness gives us a clear picture and understanding of peace that abides in us in and through all things.

“All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well. For there is a Force of Love moving through the universe that holds us fast and will never let us go.” -Julian of Norwich

Peace – it isn’t circumstantial.

The peace we can claim is substantial.

Which do you have today?