Peace, Anticipation, and Posture for the New Year

Woke up early. Blog brewing though not yet birthed. Thinking about getting ready for church, making broccoli casserole, and still pondering a devotional I read the other day from Max Lucado.

Celebrating our one year anniversary.

Not yet light outside, I slip down the hall to what we’ve come to call the reading room. One of my most favorite spaces. We both love reading and have designated a space in our home to practice that privilege. Pulling out ‘My Utmost for His Highest’ I discover a new word. Imperturbable. That’s a lot of letters. I had to look it up.

The context…how our lives are hidden with Christ in God from Colossians 3:3. And how the imperturbable peace of Jesus Christ is imparted to us. The definition…very calm, very hard to disturb or upset; marked by extreme calm, impassivity, and steadiness; serene. And sometimes a synonym or two helps as well: unflappable and unshakable.

“When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the Child with His mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped Him.” Matthew 2:10-11

Remembering my first visit to the Holy Land several years ago, I could picture exactly what Mr. Lucado described in an excerpt from his book, The Applause of Heaven…the small cathedral outside Bethlehem where behind a high altar in the church is a cave, a little cavern lit by silver lamps. You can enter the main edifice and admire the ancient church. You can also enter the quiet cave where a star embedded in the floors recognizes the birth of our King. There is one stipulation, however. You have to stoop. The door is so low you can’t go in standing up.

I recall hunching over in descent to this dimly lit space, merging with another tour group already present. Huddled together I quickly recognized the song they were singing. A familiar melody in an unfamiliar language. German, I think. And as they sang “stille nacht”, I joined with them singing “Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright.” And in those moments it felt like a glorious foretaste of Heaven…every nation, tribe, people and language, only smaller. And not as many tribes.

Max continued his word picture, “The same is true of the Christ. You can see the world standing tall, but to witness the Savior, you have to get down on your knees.” 


As we celebrate CHRISTmas and prepare to ring in a brand new year, I find myself pondering…what will it look like to stoop low this year? How can I best bow down to my Lord and King?

I don’t know.

But, if I know my Savior, I’ll find out soon enough.

Grace and peace to you, dear ones. Grace and imperturbable peace.

Your friend,


P.S. To bow. Another good word. Only not quite as many letters…to cease from competition or resistance: submit, yield; to bend the head, body, or knee in reverence.


4 comments to Peace, Anticipation, and Posture for the New Year

  • Meredith

    I love that word, imperturbable. Thanks for teaching me a new word today. May your and your husband have a very blessed and very peaceful CHRISTmas, my dear friend.
    With His Love,


    Cheri Reply:

    I’m kind of a word nerd. Glad someone appreciates it! Merry CHRISTmas right back…Cheri


  • Cindy Flanigan

    My husband and I are going to Israel the first week in February. I’m lookIng forward to seeing what you described. Haven’t you heard? Being nerdy is “in”!


    Cheri Reply:

    Ha! Well, I guess I’m in the “in” crowd then! So excited you’re getting to go in February. Life changing. EnJOY…Cheri


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