Looking for peace in the holidays of 2020

I find peace to be an overlooked Christmas theme.

When the heavenly hosts visited the shepherds to announce a Savior’s birth, they proclaimed, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

They wished peace to humans. Peace is ultimately what Christmas is about. God sent a Savior so we could live in peace, both internally and with others.

The year 2020 has left many of us yearning for peace in our lives.

We’ve had a pandemic and a contentious election.

School, work and shopping are a jumble. We’ve lost the usual methods of comfort, whether it’s a family gathering, church or a group of friends. The unknown has us at differing levels of anxiety.

On a personal level, I was injured days before the pandemic hit hard in the US, so I had to wait three months for surgery. That was a lot of knee pain as I was also recovering from some personal events.

I know many people have been through tragedy during this year. Others simply just don’t know what’s next and it’s causing problems.

Because of its place with Christmas, peace is a theme in Christmas music.

I think “Silent Night” is so popular because so many people always need at least a little peace. In 2020, they may need more.

In some cases, including "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear" and "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day," the songs were written during the Civil War. Some enduring songs include the sad ones: “Blue Christmas” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” are prime examples.

It will be interesting to see what 2020 contributes to this list of Christmas songs.

In the meantime, peace is my Christmas wish for you. I hope 2021 brings you peace.

Transportation available in East Feliciana

While the facilities are closed because of the pandemic, the Council on Aging continues to serve meals to senior citizens in East Feliciana Parish. The agency is also is providing transportation services to all residents of the parish for appointments Monday through Friday in East Feliciana, West Feliciana and East Baton Rouge parishes. While transportation is available to residents of any age, senior citizens get free transportation. Call East Feliciana public transit at (225) 683-9862.

Send news and events for East and West Feliciana parishes to extra@theadvocate.com by noon Friday or call (225) 388-0731.