Peace is a vital quality we all want. We have militaries that are supposed to secure peace. National leaders draw up peace plans. Personally, we look toward a vacation, or retirement to be times of peace. 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 or national. In the peace that Jesus gives we have a strength and security for every time of life. (see John 14:27) It is that peace I wish for each of us. May it grow in our hearts all though this year.