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Finding Peace

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all. - 2 Thessalonians 3:16

Looking ahead to a busy, and perhaps challenging, season, I was encouraged by these verses to reconsider peacefulness. What does it mean to have peace when the meetings seem unending, or you struggle to keep up with the stream of guests or phone calls through the house?

Interestingly, there is no mention of a lull in the storms of busyness or conflict around the believer in the verses from Thessalonians, much to my occasional disappointment. Instead it points to Gods’ identity as Lord of peace. It seems to me to mean that any real peace must be His: it is His good gift of Himself to us.

A quote by C.S. Lewis comes to mind: “God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.” So how does God give you peace?

Is it through blessing you with nourishing conversation with friends who share a
love of coffee? Perhaps it’s in a bracing morning run in the slumbering park lands near your church, or the opportunity for simple acts of self care and orderliness like cleaning the house or sorting out your desk? Maybe it's through telling God
what you're going through when things are difficult.

When you look for peace, maybe ask, like I try to, how God filled your need in the past? Perhaps He will bless you in familiar ways or show you something new. Here's a video and a song that both speak to me about God’s peace.

For those of you who enjoy a slightly more energetic song, I recommend this one called Peace by Third Day (it’s one of my favourites by this fairly awesome band).
May God bless you with peace.