The Announcement of the Angels to the Shepherds outside of Bethlehem of the birth of Jesus made a powerful connection between the Peace of God and the Presence of God. Immanuel, (God with us) had arrived the one who was called the “Prince of Peace”. He would, in a few short years, bequeath (as in leaving a possession in a will) His Peace to His followers that they could live as overcomers in a troubled and desperate world. It is the Holy Spirit who causes this bequest to become a reality in our lives. The more of the Peace of God we desire, the more of His Presence we should seek, for both are inextricably entwined.