Good Morning July 18

We are at a lake in western Maryland on vacation. It is a very beautiful place of blue waters and treed hills, good weather and enjoyable activities. We take vacations to be freed from regular schedules and normal demands of life at home. In other words a time of peace and rest.  This is good. We all need it. Even Jesus would take His disciples for a time apart to rest. Yet there is something deeper we need to find for every day of life and not just for the week or two in the summer. Jesus said to the disciples, “ Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”(John 14:27) This is a depth of inner peace that come with knowing we are loved and in a right relationship with our God. In Jesus Christ we stand in righteousness before our Lord, and know we have a blessed life that has no end. This doesn’t make light of the present trials we face, but looks with assurance to the good that is beyond the trials. Vacations come to an end, but the peace of our Lord never ends.