Good Morning November 24

Peace is a vital quality that we all want. We have militaries that help to secure and maintain peace. National leaders draw up peace plans. Personally, we look toward a vacation, or retirement to be a time of peace. We have savings accounts and insurance policies to provide for our peace of mind. Peace is an illusive quality in our world. There is always some personal, family or societal problem that invades our peace. Try as we might, we can never insulate ourselves totally from problems. But being insulated from problems is never the kind of peace that our Lord spoke about. He was very clear in saying, “in this world you will have trouble.” However, He immediately follows that by saying, “but take heart! I have overcome the world.”(John 16:33) Jesus will have the last word in all situations, personal and national. In the peace that Jesus gives we have a strength and security for every time of life. In a very fearful time in His disciples lives He said to them, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world gives, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”(14:27) It is this peace that I pray grows more in each of us.