Peace Be With You

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Peace Be With You

Psalm 29:11 The Lord brings strength to his people; The Lord blesses his people with peace.

Life was humming along with precision. We all had our plans, our days and minutes scheduled in front of us. I don’t think anyone could have predicted the simultaneous halt of the economy and life as we knew it in one short week. I was furloughed from my job. The first week was complete exhilaration of all things I had wanted to do but never the time do in my home. The next week was a sucker punch. No connections, no work, no plan or purpose to my day. What I quickly learned is that my job was my idol. My life was defined by my role and all the people I interacted with. When that was stripped away I was reminded that God is to be my first love.

Many have lost jobs, lost income, kids are home from school and now parents are thrust into homeschooling. We are practicing physical distancing and many are alone in their homes. Some are working from home and the kids are home. There may be many factors disrupting the normal routine and people are searching for peace. We don’t find peace turning on the news, social media or reading the newspaper. This is a time to remember where our peace comes from. Jesus says in John 16:33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” What a great promise from God!

Our peace is in Jesus Christ. He gives us a peace that surpasses all human understanding. Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Life in this world is sometimes filled by how we are seen by others. In contrast, true life is communion with God through Christ. It is a life of never-failing peace that even the strains of COVID-19 can affect. Peace is a gift of God, to us as children of God that no one can take away.

Take time to ponder the peace that Jesus can provide. This includes the current stress, sad and lonely times. Jesus promises in John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

PRAYER

Philippians 4:6-7

Lord, help me to remember to not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present my requests to you. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard my heart and my mind in Christ Jesus.

Nancy Fisher