Rev. Amanda Corella
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.”
We often seek peace where we cannot find it. We seek peace in the silent sky before or after the storm. We seek peace in a lack of conflict. We seek peace in a temporary calm.
While we may find a semblance of peace in these times, peace given by the world is unsatisfying and transient. The peace given by the world counts the good and the bad as opposed to taking in the presence that lives in our very breath. We look for the absence of trouble and not the presence of Christ’s promise to us:
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give as the world gives.”
We are not waiting for something to disappear. We are waiting for the heart of creation to take notice of the presence that lives and breathes in the everlasting. We can hold onto this and we can be a part of this.
Take a breath. Peace be with you.
God of everlasting peace,
By the power of your Holy Spirit, renew in us a heart that seeks the everlasting.
Challenge us to be instruments of your peace so we may dwell and share it in the world that only offers a transient feeling.
In the name of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, we pray.