First of all I need to thank my Brother for filling in last week so I could experience a little respite. He really allowed the Spirit to work through him so that it was God’s message and not just his own. We’ve come a along way from our youthful ways and I know it pleases God to see us yielding. Thanks again my friend and my brother.
John 20:19-21 That Sunday evening the disciples were meeting behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them! “Peace be with you,” He said. As He spoke, He showed them the wounds in His hands and His side. They were filled with joy when they saw the Lord! Again He said, “Peace be with you. As the Father sent me, so I am sending you.”
As I was hunting the other day, I was thinking (something of which one has a lot of time to do when engaging in this hobby) about people in my life. An Aunt of mine came to mind and I began to think back to even my childhood memories of being around her. “Peace be with you,” Jesus said. How many of us really allow that in our lives though? Are we at peace at all times not letting the things of this world bring us down? Other than my Grandpa, I could not think of one person who exemplified this greater than she. I was present at her house with my cousins on numerous occasions as children. We would do the normal kid things that drive a mother crazy or break something of importance. Not once do I remember her raising her voice or letting our mishap deter her from her walk. Granted, I’m sure she was not happy with what had occurred but she always remained upbeat and as if she had a brighter future to look to than what had just occurred here. Huh, guess what, she does and so do we. As a child I used to think that she must just have a long fuse and a different personality than anyone else, besides Grandpa, I was accustomed to. Now, I see her today encompass the same attitude. She just keeps plugging forward thru the muddle of life dealing with all the same situations as everyone here does, but she still carries that aura about her. I’ve finally begun to realize that the “Peace be with you” phrase that Jesus said to His disciples, was not just a phrase but a gift for everyone who comes to know Him. Our peace is to come from our knowledge that this life means nothing outside of knowing and loving Christ, and knowing that He loves us to no end. This life is temporary and we are aliens here as Brother Paul stated. Our future is in the Kingdom and this life is satan’s domain for a terminal amount of time. With that said, if we can focus on our future and eternity in paradise, then there is no reason to let our peace be disturbed. Jesus has gone there to prepare a place for us. One with many mansions. It is when our vision focuses on the present, making it out to be all that there is, that our peace is interrupted and disturbed. May we all, me especially, allow that peace to encompass us and keep our vision on our permanent home to come. After all, it’s the Christmas season. With all the attention on gifts, let us receive the gift of Peace in our hearts that Christ gave to us. Obviously the greatest gift he gave us was salvation, but along with that He left us the gift of Peace. Peace because we know where our actual home is and not the turmoil we experience while aliens here. Thank you to my Aunt for being such a great example of this and to the Spirit for the enlightenment to me of finally realizing this. Love you all! Bless God!!