May 22, 2016
The song says:
“Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.”
I hear those words and most of us think about peace among people, groups of people, even nations, and that’s good…but that’s not what I’m thinking about.
I’m thinking of the peace when Jesus comes near…actually Jesus is always near it’s when we recognize that Jesus is near that peace settles in.
In the Gospels, each time Jesus shows up…it’s like a breath of fresh air, sicknesses are healed, the mournful are comforted, the hungry – both for food and righteousness – the hungry are fed, prisoners are set free, the blind see, the deaf hear, bad news becomes good news, sinners are forgiven, fear melts to peace, tangled minds become untangled…When Jesus shows up things become peaceful even in the midst of turmoil.
Where in life do we need peace? Where do we need to recognize Jesus in the messiness of life?