As homeschool moms, we’ve all been there—too much to do in too little time. I remember the month of December as especially hectic: presents to buy and wrap, goodies to bake, decorations to put up, and special meals to make. And then a mom was also expected to have a home ready for entertaining, to help with the children’s Christmas program, to get all the Christmas cards sent, and oh, by the way, to keep up with all the schoolwork!

christmasAfter my ninth child graduated, I thought life would get easier. It has in many ways.  But the stack of presents needing to be bought for our 9 children, their 5 spouses, and our 11 grandchildren keeps growing as quickly as the amount of food and space needed to feed and accommodate them. Last year after another holiday (Thanksgiving) of trying to pack people into our home, I checked to see if our church was available for Christmas. It was. We missed the home atmosphere, but the large kitchen, extra space, and reduced noise level was worth it. We had our Christmas there again this year; but as you can see from the picture, we still managed to have a good share of (joyful) Christmas chaos.

World Chaos

Our little bit of holiday chaos got me thinking about the tragic chaos we humans have made of the world. It is filled with poverty, sickness, terrorism, unjust governance, and war.  And the natural human heart, filled as it is with sin, has no way to fix the brokenness. But, praise be to God:

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.  Isaiah 9:6 KJV

The End of Chaos

Christians know that there will be no end to world chaos until the child spoken of, Jesus Christ—who was born in Bethlehem, who died for our sins on the cross, who rose from the dead, and who ascended into heaven—comes again to reign forever. About Isaiah 9:6, Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary reads:

This Child was born for the benefit of us men, of us sinners, of all believers, from the beginning to the end of the world. Justly is he called Wonderful, for he is both God and man. His love is the wonder of angels and glorified saints. He is the Counsellor, for he knew the counsels of God from eternity; and he gives counsel to men, in which he consults our welfare. He is the Wonderful Counsellor; none teaches like him. He is God, the mighty One… He is God, one with the Father. As the Prince of Peace, he reconciles us to God; he is the Giver of peace in the heart and conscience; and when his kingdom is fully established, men shall learn war no more. The government shall be upon him; he shall bear the burden of it. Glorious things are spoken of Christ’s government. There is no end to the increase of its peace, for the happiness of its subjects shall last for ever.

Isn’t it wonderful that God has provided the Way for homeschool moms (and all others) to have peace even in a world of chaos?