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“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not be afraid.” - John 14:27

When I was a kid I had to have a night light in my room. We lived in the parsonage on Furnace Ave. in Altoona and our room, my brother and I,  was in the attic. The attic eaves were above us and then a dropped wooden ceiling covered them. On cold nights, when it was windy, often birds would get into the attic above us and you could hear them scratching and clawing. It was a scary sound and I was afraid, as a child, so mom put in a night light so that I wouldn’t have to be in the dark and afraid. It gave me a sense of peace so I could sleep. 

What is peace? Is it the absence of conflict or the tranquility of heart and mind? In these worrisome days of this pandemic what is peace? Seems to me that peace is not so much absence of conflict but the sense and experience of Christ in our lives when such things, as are going on now, happen. It is the serenity we know in heart and mind when we put our lives into Jesus’ hands and follow where he is leading us. This could mean that we find a calm in the storm. It could mean that we have serenity to reach out and aid others through this crisis. It could mean that we are living in ways that we are connected to friends, neighbors, and those who are frightened, in need, and searching for answers and being just that for them. 

In the Gospel of John Jesus said: 

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I don’t give to you as the world gives. 

Do not let you hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.”

Jesus is the light that leads us in the dark and gives us peace when things seem frightening and uncertain. When we turn our hearts to Jesus we find that peace. We don’t need to fear, be troubled or worried but only look to Christ to know his light, feel his presence, and be uplifted in his life, that in him we can find peace, live peace, be peace for our world. 

Find that peace for your heart. Don’t let the Media, rumors, bad news, scary thoughts rule in your heart but let Jesus give you his peace that you can find a tranquil life in him that, even when all is pressing in and seems to be falling apart, you know Christ is with you and there is nothing that can separate you from God’s love in him. Live this peace that others frightened and feeling alone can know light in Jesus from the love, care, and hope you bring as God’s people to all. 

Peace and Blessings,

Pastor Jim