By Lisa Huddleston
“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called: Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6, NKJV).
Last week I received an email invitation to an exhibit called “23 Years Without War Since 1000 AD.” In the body of the invitation the gallery stated, “To us peace is the normal state of being. But peace is a state of absence–the absence of strife and discord–the absence of war.”
Really? Is that all that peace is? A void or an absence? That declaration struck me as sad and untrue–especially in the time of year when we celebrate Peace on Earth and the incarnation of the Prince of Peace. Surely peace is more than a vacancy.
As I’ve pondered this startling statement, I’ve come to believe that peace is in fact the complete opposite of a void. Rather, peace is a filling. Just as he came to fill a manger with the Bread of Life, the Prince of Peace came to fill empty hearts that really are shaped with a proverbial “God-shaped Hole” deep inside. His peace that passes understanding fills and then keeps filling until it overflows the saturated heart and reaches out to the world. Peace is here to fill a void–it is not a lack but a surfeit!
“For a child has been born–for us! The gift of a son–for us! He’ll take over the running of the world. His names will be: Amazing Counselor, Strong God, Eternal Father, Prince of Wholeness” (Isaiah 9: 6, The Message). Fill us, Lord, and make us wholly whole!