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Leadership Devotion- May 2017

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, and do not let them be afraid.  [John 14:27]

I did a quick search on the phrase “do not be afraid” in the Bible and came up with 68 hits.  At least that many times, someone was told to not be afraid of something.  Often times in the Old Testament it was a stranger bringing a fantastic but eccentric message from the Lord.  In the New Testament, the messenger often took the form of an angel bringing equally cosmic and unbelievable news.  In each instance, the message turned out to be true because it came from the Almighty. 

After the resurrection, there are many instances where Jesus tells his followers “Peace be with you.”  In the verse above, he explains that his peace is different than the peace the world can offer.  His peace encompasses shalom – a wholeness, a completeness that no other can provide.  The peace that Jesus gives is life-changing peace.  It alone can take away our worldly woes and give us tranquility and calmness instead.  It is in that peace, that stillness, that we connect to God, and God to us. 

May you find the peace of God in your life today. 

Holy and Almighty God, we ask your blessing and peace upon the day.  Help us to live according to your will, and to love others as you first loved us. In the name of the Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Written by Pastor Kathy Montira, Serving the Tri-County Parish in Chappell, Lodgepole and Oshkosh, NE.