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Jesus' Gift of Peace

The Bible is full of stories of Jesus' miracles and children and adults around the world seem to be drawn to those stories more than any other texts in the Bible.  Some are the kinds of expected miracles like healing and turning water into wine.  At least, those are the ones most people are most familiar with.  The miracle that has always stayed in my mind as the most unusual is the occasion when the disciples went fishing alone, without Jesus riding in the boat.  There seems to have been times when  the disciples seemed to rethink their decision to leave their occupations, leave their families behind, leave their routine lives and follow after the Teacher.  Perhaps this is one of those times.  We know that whenever these men were upset, they usually went fishing.

Now we see them having difficulty because to the rough waters in the Sea of Gallilee.  This body of fresh water was huge, and storms were often fierce, much like the storms that occur on our Great Lakes.  Yet on this occasion the disciples looked into the rough waters and there they saw Jesus walking toward them on the water.  No chance that this was a dream or hallucination.  No mirage or wispy appearing personage.  This person who they recognized as Jesus called out to them and spoke with them.  And amidst their upset and their wonder that such a thing could be happening, Jesus offered his peace.  In other Scriptures we have Jesus offering a very special peace that is different than any other.  He clearly states that is "not as the world gives."  It is that core of peace and sure trust that lives within us, sort of like the center of a category 5 hurricane.  Still, peaceful, untroubled, trusting.

This is the peace Jesus offered the disciples on that day.  It is the peace he offers all who will take the risk and trust him with their lives and wellbeing, their pasts and their futures.  

"In heavenly love abiding, no change my heart shall fear;
And safe is such confiding for nothing changes here.
The storm may roar without me, my heart may low be laid,
But God is round about me. And can I be dismayed?"

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