On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them,
“Peace be with you.”
There can be peace even when life is a collection of shards and broken dreams.
That day he told me he was leaving, my world toppled from a place of supposed security and crashed into a million bleeding pieces at my feet. He walked out the door and then a judge put asunder what God had joined. With a baby boy in my arms, and two other little ones clinging close, I had no idea how to put our lives back together.
Tears blinded the way forward for a long time until Jesus took hold of my shattered heart and I realized that.
Peace is not all the pieces fitting together perfectly, puzzle solved.
Peace doesn’t mean dreams coming true.
Peace isn’t all my ducks in a row.
Rather peace is a person.
For he himself is our peace.
“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the LORD GOD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.”
Jesus held me through all the scary days of dividing assets and dishing up mac and cheese as a single mom to little boys with hungry hearts. He wrapped His love around me during lonely nights of longing for all the pieces to fit back together again. My heart learned to trust Him with each stumbling step I took.
And because of the Lord’s great love, we were not consumed, new mercies met us each morning making a way in the wilderness.
With ever increasing peace.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Jesus had knocked at the door of my heart when all the pieces of my life had gone flying out the door, scattered to the winds, knocking the wind right out of me, and my heart not yet right with God. But in His mercy He breathed new life into me and gave me peace.
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.”
In this world we will always have challenges that may sometimes tilt our fast spinning world off it axis. And we just might fall, dizzy from the blows but…
He will be there.
He will catch us.
He will hold us forever, providing all we need each day.
Gifting us with His peace wrapped in ribbons of grace as we keep our hearts tucked safe inside His own.
As we light the candle of peace during this second week of Advent, Peace knocks at the door of the inn, your inner world, heart troubled perhaps?
Will you open the door and welcome the Prince of Peace this Christmas season, or perhaps welcome Him back?
And may the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
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