While shepherds watched their flocks by night,
	all seated on the ground;
	the angel of the Lord came down,
	and glory shone around,
	and glory shone around. 

	"Fear not!" said he, for mighty dread
	had seized their troubled mind.
	"Glad tidings of great joy I bring
	to all of humankind,
	to all of humankind." 

	"To you, in David's town, this day
	is born of David's line
	a Savior, who is Christ the Lord,
	and this shall be the sign,
	and this shall be the sign:" 

	"The heavenly babe you there shall find
	to human view displayed,
	all meanly wrapped in swathing bands,
	and in a manger laid,
	and in a manger laid." 

	Thus spake the seraph and forthwith
	appeared a shining throng
	of angels praising God on high,
	who thus addressed their song,
	who thus addressed their song: 

	"All glory be to God on high,
	and to the earth be peace;
	good will henceforth from heaven to earth
	begin and never cease,
	begin and never cease!" 

Peace. What, exactly, is peace? Is it simply a lack of war? A lack of fighting or arguing?
A relative calm? Nay. Peace in Jesus is in knowing He is in control. He has it all covered.
Psalm 46:10 says, "Be still, and know I am God," declares the Lord. "I will be exalted
among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."
Do you have peace in Jesus? Knowing He takes care of everything when I'm down gives me
peace. 

When I'm down, I also try to remember to praise God for all my blessings. Is it difficult?
Of course! But I always feel so much better, and it helps to bring the peace of God that
He has promised us. This time of year, when the daylight becomes more and more scarce,
and the weather, as Munchkin says, gets "icky" ("The shunshine is hiding today, Mommy. The
clouds are hiding the shunshine."), it gets so much easier to be tempted to sleep in
through the day. It's more difficult to confront your problems and keep hope. Yet, God
promises us that He is always there. He sent His Son to show us how much He loves us. That
is why we always need to praise Him, no matter what. Once we begin praising Him when we
are in our lowest valleys He lifts us right back up again. 

How are you praising God today?

Praise God by calling His name; thank Him for all your blessings today. If need be, write
down a list of everything you're thankful for.
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