While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you."
~ Luke 24: 36
Have you ever reached a point in your life where you simply need peace?
The ability to be vulnerable while facing adversity can create moments of anxiety. More and more I hear people share that they can't sleep. They can't seem to shut their brain off. Or because there is so much anxiety in the world that they seem to feel paralyzed or unable to do anything to change it for the better.
Christ tells the disciples to have peace.
Simple. Right? Jesus and his disciples were traveling throughout Israel. The area was occupied by Rome. Everywhere they turned there seemed to be unrest. Each day there were people seeking help, while around every corner there were others watching, and reporting every move. As Jesus' reports of miracles and parables spread, the pressures of each day must have been overwhelming.
But yet, he says these words to his disciples, "Peace I give you. My peace I leave with you."
The challenge is not the idea of peace. The challenge is allowing that peace to enter in and take hold.
For those of us living today, we have a real need for peace, and not the idea of peace. We need actual, tangible, real peace! By realizing the peace of Christ exists, it then becomes possible to be everywhere.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
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.