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Peace in the New Year

January 4

peaceWe all want peace, don’t we?  I mean, really, all the beauty pageant finalists answer their questions with the desire for ‘world peace’.   (That always cracks me up – it’s such a safe answer.)  But really, our homes, our community, our state, our country, our world would be a much better place to live if there was peace.

What about ourselves, do we have inward peace?  I remember a time when I was full of fear, afraid for my children, afraid for circumstances at work, afraid of just about everything.  During that time something profound happened in just a short little phone conversation at work.

Now, the caller didn’t know that I was experiencing such fear, but she ended the conversation with ‘God’s peace be with you.’  That statement hit me like a ton of bricks.  I thought to myself, that’s it – I don’t have peace, that’s why I’m so fearful, so nervous, so edgy.  I need peace amidst all of the circumstances surrounding me.

We all do, don’t we?  Every time we turn on the TV we hear of shootings like the ones in Newtown, CT, robberies, the fiscal cliff, stock market declines.  It is enough to make us fearful all the time.  But I learned a truth from that phone call years ago.

I need to remember where peace comes from – it comes from God.  I like to think on Scripture to help me internalize and live out my faith.  I wanted to know how to daily experience God’s peace amidst all the sometimes overwhelming non-peaceful things coming my way.

This is the verse I landed on and cling to in these times, ‘You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.’  Isaiah 26 NIV   I know that when I trust God – trust that He is in control, trust that He knows the beginning from the end, trust that He loves me –that He will keep me in perfect peace when the overwhelming circumstances and the bad news of the day come my way.  I don’t just know it, I’ve experienced it.

God’s peace be with you.

Real Political Action

political actionDivisiveness, half-truths, and partisanship have been the words of note in our elections this year. I wonder what Jesus thinks of this. He experienced all of those things as he ministered on the earth and felt the stings of the words. I just want to say – Lord, please let this be over, please stop the bickering and rhetoric.

I was recently reminded of words from Scripture that gives insight into what the priority should be in our political action.  Paul wrote to Timothy and said,  ‘ I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth.’ — I Timothy 2:1-3 NIV.

So our political action is to first include prayer for our kings, Presidents and leaders – we are to make requests for them, intercede for them and offer prayers of thanksgiving.  Then we are to pray that their decisions would be such that we would be able to live quiet and peaceful lives.

Somehow offering those prayers is good and pleasing to God.  Somehow, it appears that, when we pray those things it is a testimony to others who don’t yet know Christ or those growing in Christ – it causes them to see and hear truth and gain knowledge in the truth.

My Mom was an example of this.  She always had a photo of the President of the United States hanging in her home.  She prayed for them, no matter what political persuasion they were.  I never asked her, but my hunch is that she prayed for their families, their decisions, gave thanks for them and asked that the decisions they would make would allow her family to live peaceful and quiet lives.

When our political action first becomes prayer action, God will be glorified and others will gain knowledge of the truth.