Peace Lutheran Church of Lincoln offers peace light
According to webmd.com, the holidays offer plenty of reasons to feel stressed and anxious. It may be the most wonderful time of the year — but it is also one of the busiest. You need to shop for family and friends, wrap gifts, decorate the house, send cards and attend various office parties; the list goes on and on. For many, the biggest source of holiday stress is family — the traditional dinner, the obligations, and conflicts among family members.
For the third year in a row, Peace Lutheran Church of Lincoln, a Capital Electric Cooperative business consumer, can help you find peace. In December, the church received the International Peace Light of Bethlehem and is welcoming any person seeking peace to bring a candle and take the light home. The International Peace Light of Bethlehem is shared by millions of people around the world, and is now available at Peace Lutheran Church of Lincoln. Each year, the light is passed from hand-to-hand in the name of peace. The chain begins when a child lights a candle at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Then, the Peace Light travels to Vienna, Austria, where it is distributed by people of faith and atheists, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, union members and government officials. Passing through New York and Chicago, the Peace Light will move along the I-90/I-94 corridor over the next weeks. As it spreads, the light demonstrates how peace, too, can be cultivated by people of goodwill. The flame challenges participants to create peace in their lives, communities and the world.
“Just imagine having the very flame of light all the way from Bethlehem in your home. And as you watch that light flicker, you will think about all the people around the world who are gazing at the same flame and praying for peace,” says Kathy Mauch, a member of Peace Lutheran Church. “Our church name is Peace, and our church mission to share God’s word and peace with the community.”
The Peace Light will be offered at Peace Lutheran Church of Lincoln this month. Any person committed to working for peace in his or her communities and world is welcome to come and bring canned goods or monetary funds for local food banks, and an oil lantern or enclosed candle to share the Peace Light. Contact Mauch at 701-400-8452 if you would like to come to Lincoln to obtain the Peace Light of Bethlehem, and take it to your home or share it within your community. Please bring a lantern that runs on paraffin oil to transport the flame to the next location. To keep the light alive through Christmas, it is suggested to purchase seven-day candles at a religious store. The church is located at 3310 66th St. S.E.
We thank Peace Lutheran Church in Lincoln for sharing this story, and for welcoming people to visit and take a flame in the name of peace. If you’re still feeling anxious or upset this holiday season, visit webmd.com and read the article named, “Home for the Holidays: Tips for Stress.”
Peace be with you, from all of us at Capital Electric Cooperative to all our member-owners and their families.