Peace Be With You
“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.”
We’re no stranger to severe weather warnings here in the DFW Metroplex. They are so common that we sometimes become numb to the repeated warnings and ignore the threat completely. In April of 2012 however, as news helicopters broadcasted live coverage of a tornado moving through an Arlington neighborhood, the threat suddenly became very real. Then, when our local storm siren sounded from across the street, it was clear that this wasn’t a warning to ignore. Fear began to set in as we took cover in a closet and waited out the storm.
The disciples found themselves in a similar situation after the crucifixion of Jesus. Jesus had been warning His disciples for some time about His imminent death and resurrection. Even still, the disciples didn’t fully understand His warning until the threat became a reality. Following Jesus’ death, panic struck their hearts, and they gathered together behind locked doors for fear that they would be the next victims. Suddenly, Jesus appeared among them in the room. Looking to ease their anxiety, Jesus uttered these words: “Peace be with you.” Jesus wanted His peace to reign in the hearts of the disciples so that they could go out and minister the Gospel to others, free of worry and anxiety.
Christmas is a wonderful time of year. It’s a time to celebrate the birth of Christ and to gather together with family and friends. However, it can also be a very hectic and stressful time. Too often, we get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping and making other preparations that we lose sight of the peace that Jesus came to bring us – the peace of being reconciled back to God. It’s this peace that allows us to share the love of Christ with others. As you continue your Christmas preparations this Advent season, allow the peace of God to reign in your hearts. Be constantly on the lookout for opportunities to share His peace with others.
Lord, thank You for the incredible peace You offer to me. I am often so anxious and stressed that I forget to take rest in Your peace. Help me to live without worry. Help me to be settled in the comfort of Your presence. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.