Zechariah 9:9-12, 12:9-13-9
Psalms 24, 29, 103
1 Timothy 6:12-16
PEACE- We often hear this word. Indeed, we hear it every Sunday as we greet one another during our worship. I wonder how much we think about peace, even as we exchange the word with one another. Perhaps some mental images might help: The gentle sighs of a sleeping infant; the silence of a nighttime walk through freshly fallen snow; the musical sounds of a mountain stream; the warmth from sharing a garden’s bounty with friends and neighbors; a family’s laughter as they sit around a campfire squishing s’mores between their fingers; the companionship of a quiet dinner with friends; the comfort that comes from being safe and secure.
Less peaceful are the lunacy of a rush hour commute; the painful fights leading to a divorce between husband and wife or fights between a parent and child; the pain experienced after the death of a loved one as we recall some piercing words spoken in anger that can never be taken back; the stress caused by the constant wars of this world.
One thing is clear -- our Lord meant for us to have peace. The Bible tells us the way to peace is to accept the teachings of Christ. In the Book of John, Jesus said:
“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 let them be afraid.” (John 14:27)
What better gift could we be given? I only hope we have the humility and grace to accept it in the spirit with which it was given. Even more, I hope we have committed ourselves to sharing His peace with the world we live in.