I have been signing my email and online correspondence Christ’s peace for several years now.  Several reasons prompted this:  my favorite verse above, the good old Lutheran tradition of passing peace, and….well, it was a good compromise between love and sincerely.

But today I typed it and I felt it.

After visiting Chicagoland last weekend to spend time with dear friends I was a frazzled wreck.  I loved seeing everyone.  But the pace, the traffic, and the other people grated on my nerves.  I came home and when I am stressed I sleep and clean, so that is what I did day one home.  And then the next day I felt ready to tackle several errands around town.  But, in Belmond that running was pleasant.  Yes, I was gone for nearly an hour to run three simple tasks, just like it would have taken in the city.  But here it was because I walked the block or so to each place, and then sat and chatted every where I went–giggling, happy chats.  There were complications at some of the errands–but they smiled through it and made them seem like no big deal, not an inconvenience to them, but happy to help.  I walked in the sunshine down the sidewalk and every car waved to me.  And I felt peace.  A calm pure joy–tranquility– and connection.

Some of you might find peace in a big city, but it is not for me.  I need that slower pace, the connections to all of my community.  I need this kind of peace.  My heart feels light, yet still full.

I think that is what Jesus is after–He wants to fill our soul, our heart, our everyday, and help us be not just happy–but a calm, loved, quiet joy in the moments of each day.  Or at least as many as possible.

Have you found what brings you peace?  Are you at odds right now and feel agitated?

There are going to be struggles that we will have to wait for the peace to come.  Not all days will be that calm and quiet soul and thoughts.  Relinquish control.  Relinquish the worries.  Hand it over.  And I encourage you to find what can help you get closer to that peace…and do it.  You know that through Jesus is the best way to find what brings your peace.  Go to Him.  Listen to what He points out.

“Peace I leave with you.  My peace I give you.  I do not give as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. “

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