Peace be 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
This is by far one of my favorite verses in scripture. It reminds me that no matter how chaotic the world may become, the peace of Christ shall be with me always.
Ten years ago I took this photo of a tree frog peacefully sitting in the leaves of a banana tree in our back yard.
Peace, for me, is the emotion I identify with faith.
Sometimes I wonder if we consider peace to be an adjective to describe our faith, or as the manifestation of how God is present and watching over us.
It seems that these days require disturbance, anxiety, or uncertainty. It seems as if there are demands on us that then begin to characterize our life. It brings about anything but peace. Sometimes I long to hear the words, "I've got a peaceful, easy feeling," playing again on the radio.
But Christ reminds us that peace is an important factor in our faith. It is the very thing he proclaims is left for us.
How different would our life be if we proclaimed peace instead of spending all our time seeking answers?
How different would our life be if we practiced peace, rather than trying to find a new way to get even?
Or how different would our life be if we simply allowed that peace of Christ to move us to extend it to others?
May the peace of Christ, along with the understanding of just how that peace can make your faith visible to others, while calming your life, fill you today and always while remaining 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.