There is nothing like the quiet in the beginning of a new day. It is that sense of calm before the storm. It is silence, except if you listen carefully, you can hear the birds sing. They usher in a new day with songs of glory. Some voices are louder than others, but when we just simply listen, they all come together. We know the quiet doesn’t last long. Children will get up. There are showers to take, breakfast to eat, preparation for a work day, and the hustle of any morning. But for just a moment, all is calm and peaceful.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to carry that sense of calm with us as we went through our day? It would be a gift to have that peace of a beautiful sunrise filling the sky with an array of colors. There is wonder and hope as the birds belt their latest tune. Why must it get crazy and chaotic? Why do we live in such tension and anxiety? Why do the smallest things cause the greatest challenge?
Maybe there is a way to carry this sense of calm in us. Maybe there is a way to overcome the craziness that we encounter on any given day. What if God has given us all we need to go through our day with love and kindness, peace and hope? What if the resource we need is really inside of us? What if we have an imbedded peace that we just have to reach?
Jesus tells us that he will give us peace that goes beyond our understanding. It is his peace. The interesting thing is that Jesus’ surroundings were rarely peaceful. There were crowds following him all the time. There were people trying to trap him, capture him, lock him up, and kill him most everywhere he went. There were people that were just curious and some that so desperately wanted to just meet him. He had to get up early in the morning to pray and people still came to find him then. But he had an inward peace that carried him through it all.
That is the same peace he promises us. It is a peace that transcends the chaos of this life. It is not dependent on our circumstances or other people. It is peace that fills our lives without regard to the other things we encounter. This is the peace we receive. This is the peace living in us. That quiet moment in the morning can fill us throughout the day. It comes from God and it is simply amazing. Peace Be With You.
27 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.
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