Most of us think of peace as no war, no fighting, with a side of no suffering and no fear. I don’t think that’s what it really is. I think peace is calm within in the storm, knowing that love is there, and that it is greater than our fears or our sufferings. More than the absence of something, true peace is a wholesomeness of being close to God.
It was still the first day of the week. That evening, while the disciples were behind closed doors because they were afraid of the Jewish authorities, Jesus came and stood among them. He said, “Peace be with you.” – John 20: 19
The disciples were surely scared, sad, and shaking in their sandals when the resurrected Jesus appears to them. Mary Magdalene had already told them he was alive and that she had seen him. Now Peter must truly face his denial of even knowing him, and the rest must face the fact they ran away and abandoned him when he was arrested. Then comes the shock of seeing someone alive when you know that person died. Into this chaos steps Jesus, bringing peace. A peace that doesn’t take away what has happened, instead it forgives, it gives love for what is, and adds hope for what is to come, no matter what the journey ahead will bring.
Are you in need of that kind of peace? Much better than the just the absence of conflict, it is hope in the chaos. God gives it away regularly, and it is a by-product blessing of being in relationship with the Lord. There’s a reason Jesus is called the Prince of Peace.
That’s the kind of peace we are mean when we say, “God’s peace be with you.”
Prayer: Lord, we need Your Peace. Bring it once again, step into our mess as you did when you came to the manger, a peace that surpasses all understanding. Amen