We enjoyed a wonderful dinner together sharing many Christmas traditions including stories, food and eggnog (which the Afghans referred to as “sweet milk.”) As we visited that evening my thoughts drifted back to my family in Norman. I imagined what they were doing as the Christmas Day was just unfolding. I had an overwhelming feeling of peace, not only for the peace and comforts my family was experiencing, but also at that time and place in a war torn country with Afghan friends. They were not of my faith, but we shared the same vision and mission to help foster a more peaceful world in the midst of fear and anxiety.
Our Savior Jesus Christ proclaimed: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid (John 14:7).”
May we all experience His peace in whatever circumstances we find ourselves in this Christmas time and year round.