“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, NIV)
“I leave you peace. It is my own peace I give you. I give you peace in a different way than the world does. So don’t’ be troubled. Don’t be afraid.” – (John 14:27, ERV)
“That’s my parting gift to you. Peace. I don’t leave you the way you’re used to being left – feeling abandoned, bereft. So don’t be upset. Don’t be distraught.” – (John 14:27, MSG)
These words were from Jesus to His disciples, as He was preparing them for what was about to transpire with the crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension. His peace is perfect, and in Him, we need not be troubled or afraid. In our frail humanity, fear and trouble enter in, but with Him, we need not wallow in either. Jesus has overcome everything we will ever face, and promises to be present with us as we walk forward in faith. Right now, this is my prayer for my mom as she continues to navigate the healing process from her broken hip and surgery that followed. Being in a space that is not her own, and being challenged to do physical therapy work that is difficult and painful is often overwhelming. My mom is the strongest woman I know, but I know it is only by God’s grace that she is strong. May we ever seek the Lord to provide His peace, and trust in Him to know that He is present and powerful as He provides what we need to keep pressing forward in faith.
Peace is a true gift,
From Jesus to us;
Not just being “tough”.
It comes in knowing,
We’re not in control;
But our loving Lord,
Who soothes well our soul.
He shows us His peace,
Where challenges reign;
And grants us His grace,
As His hope we gain.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You provide Your promised peace in ways that go far beyond what we could hope or imagine. Thank You that You supply strength and hope when we have none. Forgive us for our faltering faith as we navigate unknowns. Teach us to trust You more, as You are faithful to walk beside us and show us the ways we are meant to go. Lead us in Your peace to love those around us as You intended. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we seek You to be our peace in all things and at all times, and to trust in Your faithfulness forever. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
The Lord gives strength to His people; the Lord blesses His people with peace. – Psalm 29:11