May 9, 2020 ~ Peace

Readings for Sunday, May 10, 2020

 

Acts 7:55-60

Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16

1 Peter 2:2-10

John 14:1-14

 

Peace:

          We have begun a zoom Bible study program called, A Season of Peace (Acton: Wednesdays at 6:30; Lancaster: Thursdays at 2:00). In our first session, we named what comes to mind when we consider the word “peace” and went on to discuss the peace that Jesus taught.

Michael J. Chan, Assistant Professor of Old Testament, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota reminds us that true peace, the peace of the Gospel, does not come from our attempts to protect ourselves from earthly harm. It does not depend upon a calm storm, the end of adverse conditions, or the removal of distress.

Chan describes peace as, “a deep trust in the goodness of God, even when God’s goodness is hidden or obscure.” He continues, “We live in a time of profound anxiety when our world is filled with things that threaten to undo us. My prayer is that we take time to remember what kind of peace Jesus gives to us. It’s the kind of peace that prevails in the thick of the battle. It’s the kind of peace that looks at death, sickness and illness and knows that they have ultimately been conquered in Christ’s own body.”

Source: www.workingpreacher.org

 
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