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With the calendar rolling past Remembrance Day (or, for retailers it happened after Halloween … or was it Thanksgiving? or Labor Day? or the first day if summer?), the Christmas season is starting to raise its head. From now on we will be encountering the countdowns, the markdowns, and the rundowns.

f3de55abcc80150ed770a2ba1ea778acIt seems appropriate that we would consider the ‘Christmas’ theme of peace on Earth the day after we remember those who have fought and died in the pursuit of peace.

But, what is perfect peace?

Is peace simply the absence of war? the absence of battle? the absence of conflict? of struggle?

Or, is peace something else? something more?

In the the last days that Jesus was with the disciples, his messages became more and more defining about who he was, that he was leaving them, and, as a man on his deathbed, intensely personal. Jesus was reassuring them, preparing them for life on Earth without having him at their side.

In the account in the book of John (14:25-27), Jesus defines this perfect peace :

“All this I have spoken while still with you.
But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit,
whom the Father will send in my name,
will teach you all things
and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
Peace I leave with you;
my peace I give you.
I do not give to you as the world gives.
Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

Maybe the most important part of this passage is the reminder “I do not give to you as the world gives.” The peace we teach, and march and boycott for is not the peace that Jesus is speaking of

… not an Earthly peace

… not a peace that comes from a lack of war, a lack of conflict, a lack of disorder, a lack of struggle

But a peace that comes from the triune God … Father, son and Holy Spirit. It is the peace that passes (surpasses) understanding.

It is the peace that comes, not from world peace, or fulfilling relationships, or the perfect job, or well behaved kids, or a big bank account, or happiness, but from the joy-filled peace that having Christ in us gives.

It is the peace that Christ came to deliver.

Jesus tells us that with this peace our hearts need not be troubled, and we do not have to be afraid!

This peace can be present on the battlefields, in the hospital rooms, in the courtrooms, in the exam rooms, and any other places where peace may be unexpected.

In a sense, the peace the Christ brings rubs God’s victory, over death and sin, in the face of Satan, because no matter what plan of destruction Satan has for us in our lives, if we take hold of the peace that Christ gives, his plans have no power over us.

And that is peace on Earth … perfect peace!



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So, I volunteered to share my story at a young adults small group tonight (what was I thinking?), and now I feel like there is something fluttering in my tummy!

The reason I volunteered is that I did it once, about two and a half years ago, and wanted a ‘redo’ because I had blown it so badly the first time around.

I had gotten discouraging news the day before, and I was an emotional, tear-leaking mess. My thoughts strayed from my desired message of how God has worked in my life, to how would God make beauty from the ashes sitting in my heart this time. My shell … the facade that I had always worked so hard to put forward, was cracked and I was unsure if all the king’s horses and all the king’s men could ever put it back together again.

And … I am so glad that they couldn’t.

Since that time I started to wear a new face … my own.

The people-pleasing person I had worked hard to be all of my life was being replaced by a woman who decided to give a good hand at being real.

This new face, the real me, is not finished. I am SO very still in process. God seems to be continually molding and shaping my heart and mind and soul into something new.

It sounds exciting, right?!

Not so much.

This refining process hurts. Pieces of my facade are still be chiseled away. Purifying sometimes leaves one feeling as though they cannot catch their breath. Refining is often done with fire, and the burns are painful. And then there is the scar tissue … oh, how long it takes for the scar tissue to fade away … and some scars never disappear.

As much as the refining process hurts, it is exciting too. Pain often reminds us that we are still alive (even if it hurts so much we might despair of life itself 2 Corinthians 1:8).

Being real takes less energy, makes your face to glow, and is far easier than playing the part of someone who you are not.

And that is what I am hoping to share with the young adults tonight.

Wow! Imagine if they were able to start living now as the real people that God has created them to be! What a meaningful, purpose-filled, God-inspired life they would live.

“Is written about having a realization that the majority of the problems in my life come from me trying to play a role that i was never intended to play. Whether it’s trying to control a situation in my life, or control a person or manipulate something, and realizing how freeing it is to just sit back and allow God to be the one who writes the story, allow god to be the healer in the relationships … His place is God and my place just as his child, it’s been a really freeing thing for me.” Laura Story – On Writing the Song I Can Just Be Me

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