My peace I leave with you...
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.
~ John 14:27
Jesus for us becomes many things in our lives. Our teacher, a source of strength, someone who walks with us, a friend, and often the source of inspiration.
It's not so much that I spend each day asking myself "What Jesus would do," in any given situation, but I do wonder what Jesus might say to me when I encounter different situations throughout my day.
One of my favorite scriptures involves Jesus reminding us that peace is essential to our daily living, and that it is peace that He leaves with us. While I struggle to balance a number of things on any given day, I often must remind myself that Jesus is to be the voice that provides clarity.
At some point I must move beyond talking about what Jesus is doing in my life, and instead, allow His voice to speak from within me. Instead of seeing the world with my eyes, and before I act, I must learn to let my eyes be His and my actions be His.
While it may sound simple, it is no simple task to surrender so much.
It is the reminder that eternity has already begun to enter at this moment in history, and it is allowing heaven and earth to meet.
In the gospel of John we are reminded that "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word became flesh." It is the reminder that God's Word became like us, where heaven and earth seemed to embrace, and where eternity and mortality found common ground.
Our need for Jesus' presence is more than just the peace that He offers. It is our ability to surrender and to understand that eternity is being offered with each breath that we take as we journey with the Savior.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2018
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Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.