I recall one particular Christmas pageant  that I was in when a young girl. You remember those. We used bathrobes with towels on heads for shepherds. The white sheets and the tinsel halos were the costume of choice for the angles. And Mary? She was always in blue.  Anyway, for this particular production, we memorized the entire second chapter of the book of Luke. You know, to this day, I can still recite almost the entire thing. (Something to be said for teaching young folks the Scriptures. It sticks!)
It’s interesting, because that’s the same passage that Linus, of the famed Peanuts gang, quotes on stage during the Charlie Brown Christmas Special (The TV classic which I still love to watch each year.)
This particual portion has continued to be one of my favorites. Especially during  these unsettling times. May be it bring a sense of peace to your heart and to your corner of the world today:
Luke 2:8-14 (ESV)

8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear.

10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”
 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” 
This past Sunday, churches and homes round the world lit the 1st candle of Advent, the Hope Candle.  [Advent season, which begins the 4th Sunday before Christmas,  is considered the Time of Anticipation.]
This coming Sunday, we will light Advent’s second candle: the Peace candle. In a world where we don’t often see eye to eye, peace is definitely one thing most of us hold dear. 
Peace to you.