Pacemakers are on my mind. A dear friend recently had a life-extending pacemaker implanted near her worn-out heart. A pacemaker is a medical device that sends an impulse to an irregular or slow-beating heart. She said the pacemaker brings peace, knowing her heart will keep a steady pace. A person can also be a pacemaker, a leader, who sets the pace in a race and in life’s journey. The Pacemaker, Jesus Christ, knows hearts. Under the direction of His Father, He made them and can fix them. He comforts lonely and broken hearts and heals diseased hearts. He can restart stopped hearts. He said: “Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27).

Peacemakers attempt to reconcile adversaries by settling, mediating, or arbitrating differences. A peacemaker hears the facts and invites opposing parties to come together and accept compromise and/or negotiation. Adversaries can become peacemakers when repentance and forgiveness are given and received. Being an earthly peacemaker comes with a promise: “And blessed are all the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God” (Matthew 5:9, 3 Nephi 12:9).

In our world today where wars, plagues, natural disasters, violence, and corruption, abound, we need the Peacemaker, Jesus Christ, who gives peace but not like the world: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you” (John 14:27).

He invites all to pace-make and peace-make, to lead out in our spheres of influence by following His example. He walks across stormy seas and calms troubled nature: “And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm” (Mark 4:39). He brought peace by healing “all their sick, and their lame, and opened the eyes of their blind and raised a man from the dead” (3 Nephi 26:15). “They brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them” (Matthew 4:24). “And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all” (Luke 6:19). He healed them all! Everyone!

The word peacemaker is on my mind because Christmas is coming. For the past three Christmases, I have written poems about the Prince of Peace. In 2019, I used verb phrases from the scriptures. In 2020, I used words from Christmas carols, Matthew 2, and Luke 2. This year I used phrases about peace from hymns. I cherish the spirit of peace I felt as I assembled these thoughts. I share them with my testimony, love, and wishes for a peace-filled Christmas.

The Peace Tree, 2019

Seek Him, Find Him, Follow Him, 2020

Shepherds keeping flocks by night
Frightened by celestial light
Angels from the realms of glory
Speaking tidings of great joy.

Hark! The herald angels sing
Glory to the newborn King
Prince of Peace and Lord of Lords!
Find Him wrapped in swaddling clothes.

Peace on earth, good will to men
Go in haste to Bethlehem
Kneel in praise—Noel, Noel
Born the King of Is-ra-el.

In wondering awe, the wise men saw
An eastern star beyond them far
Seeking God’s Beloved Son
To worship Him is why they’d come.

Come ye faithful, watch and pray
He’ll return; prepare His way
To cleanse from sin, set captives free
He says to all: “Come follow me.”

Peace Be Still, 2021

In despair I bowed my head
There is no peace on earth, I said
Hate is strong and mocks the song
Peace eludes, my solace gone.

Depression comes when dark clouds loom
Troubles hang and threaten doom
Thorns are strewn along my path
Trudging ‘long life’s stormy wrath.

Amid the storm with tear-filled eyes
On life’s complaining seas I cry
Oh, may my soul commune with thee
To find thy holy, healing peace.

Beseeching anguish turns to calm
My wounded heart accepts
His balm In an hour of peace and rest
Unmarred by earthly care to bless.

Sweetest peace the gospel brings
Abiding peace, serenely springs
Nourish me, thy peace confess
In beautiful, peaceful days of rest.

I pray the Prince of Peace, thy Son
With healing in His wings will come
Like dew His peace on me distill
Peace, peace, peace, be still.

(Words and praises taken from hymns: 214, 19, 144, 120, 123, 129, 14, 78, 52, 105, and submitted music—Clive Romney)