April 21 Inspiration

From the Desk of Vickie Doyle, Parish Visitor

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” ~Phil. 4:6-7 (NLT)

When I think of peace, I must admit that I usually think of world peace between countries or people groups. The peace of God that transcends all understanding is speaking of inner peace or contentment that comes from God and is found in Jesus Christ. When Paul wrote the letter to the Philippians, he was in prison. His circumstances were anything but peaceful and yet his greetings began with grace and peace.

I recently read that the gladness of Easter is hope; the spirit of Easter is love; and the promise of Easter is peace. It is at Easter that we are reminded of this peace of which the Apostle Paul so eloquently spoke. Jesus promised to leave his peace with us, saying we would have troubles along the way. God’s peace is not the absence of trouble or conflict but the gift that comes through our relationship with Jesus Christ. When I have experienced this gift of peace, I have often been surprised.

I believe living a peace-filled life comes down to a choice.

We choose to pray, we choose to study God’s word, we choose to trust him, and we choose to not be anxious. May we during this time of pandemic, focus our thoughts on Jesus and the power of his resurrection. Paul shared this with much joy. May we also share the joy of knowing Jesus with peace and grace.

Prayer:

Lord, we pray that we may experience your peace that transcends human understanding. Help us to stay focused on you, Lord, and not on our troubles and to pray with thankful hearts.