“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 & do not be afraid.” John 14:27 (NIV)
It is the day before New Years Eve, & all through the house it is crazy! Our tree is still up, but boxes are out to put part of the Christmas decorations away. I am writing a grocery list, & coupons & paper inserts are spread out over the table. My poor husb& is looking for files that will help him find out why the furnace is acting up, while he also fielding phone calls about updating our insurance!
Both of our college kids are home & are watching, yes, Sponge Bob Square Pants.
But underneath the noise & mess of family living is a sense of immense blessing. Last year was full of upheaval as an unexpected move hit us in mid-July. It sent us to a church much farther from our college kids, & a new sense of empty nest. My daughter & I had to learn to communicate via Facebook, & cell phone when I was in town; as cell phones don’t reach our rural area with many hills. We are blessed. We have a parsonage, 2 country churches, & a healthy family.
But this year we face many unknowns. Finances are rough, & my illness has taken a new turn. Although my faith is big, my fears can be also. It is still hard & at times upsetting to live with my wheelchair. I can still walk some, with the aid of a cane. But for how long? Many unknowns ahead, for all of us!
As I was preparing my heart for the New Year, I spent a good bit of time flipping thrmugh my older Bible & reading highlighted & underlined verses. My heart was needing comforted. I needed to remember that He who led us safely through many years of Ministry, would continue to take care of us & lead us home.
Jesus Christ Himself said, “Peace I leave with you, peace I give to you…” The dictionary describes peace as a sense of calmness, tranquility. My Bible dictionary added the word serenity. Peace, not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, nor let them be fearful.”
Oh Lord, we timidly, gladly, openly accept Your gift of peace for this New Year. You lead us, & guide us, & we will obey & follow Your will. Amen.
About the Author:
S&ra Platt is a Ministers wife, & mother of two College kids. She lives now in rural Indiana. She was first diagnosed with Fibromyalgia 18+ years ago, & now has numerous other painful health issues as well. A few months ago she was diagnosed with MS.