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Peace On Earth

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Peace John 14v27The email from our bank was to notify us that they had declined two charges yesterday.

“As part of our ongoing effort to protect your account and our relationship, we monitor your account for possible fraudulent activity.”

Unfortunately, dear Bank who is wanting to protect our relationship, the charges you declined were for the citizenship applications we needed expedited.  Thanks to your “ongoing effort,” our application is now delayed and our tight timeline has been derailed.  (Sigh. Moving on to Plan B.)

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“… for possible fraudulent activity.”

In this instance, bank, your proactivity is not appreciated.

Being ahead of the game. Stopping a problem before it happens. Running pre-interference.

Hmmm.  This is the reality of today’s world.  We fight against the potential of attack.  We battle supposed evil.  We have to.  To not, is too great a risk.

And so we’ve added this as a cultural goal: evil is to be avoided at all costs.  Even if it means losing the good with the bad.  Apparently, the loss of good is worth the eradication of evil.

And so the baby goes out with the bath water.

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What does “Peace on earth” (Luke 2:14) look like?

The Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6-7) said, “Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division.” (Luke 12:51 ESV)

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 ESV)

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. (John 14:27 ESV)

“Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” (John 18:36 ESV)

“And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28 ESV)

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What I see in God’s Word is that “peace on earth” is not an absence of turmoil.  “Peace on earth” is what the Spirit of God brings in the midst of evil.

As Yahweh’s children, as disciples of Christ, as a people filled with the Holy Spirit:  Should our pursuit be to eradicate evil? Or to be filled with His Peace in days of evil?

Praying today that my heart and mind will be filled with His perspective and His truth.  I don’t want my Faith to be shaped by culture or by fear.  I don’t want to be motivated by the desire to avoid discomfort and pain.  I don’t want to miss out on the good things in my quest to avoid bad things.

May we allow the Spirit of God indwelling in us, His people, to be the radiant, brilliant, blinding “peace on Earth.”  So that God’s glory is seen by all.

Selah.

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” (Luke 2:14 ESV)

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A joyful song of grief

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Huge voices filled the 10′ x 10′ concrete home.

The women of our host church had come together to cook us dinner. I couldn’t help but stare at the beautiful tall round ladies as they danced around the kitchen.

We were staying with a “black” family in the infamous Khayelitsha township just outside of Cape Town, South Africa. The “Mamas”, as they are called, were skillfully preparing the newly slaughtered chickens.  As they cooked, they sang.  Their velvet voices wove together and the sound resonated in my chair and in my heart.

Crash.  The harmonies evaporated into silence.

A whole tray of chicken went flying across the floor.

Silence.  A sigh.  Then one Mama started a new song.  The voices joined in as the chicken was collected.

I leaned over and asked our local team leader for a translation of the words.

“They are singing a song of joy for we have food to spill.  They are singing a song of weeping for those who do not have food to spill.”

Today a young mum from our church family went to live with Jesus in eternity.  For days we have been praying for a miracle.  Yahweh is good and we know He has a good plan.  We prayed that she could stay with us and also prayed that His Kingdom come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  We did not give up praying and hoping.  But now she is gone to Him.

I wish I knew the words to that beautiful song.  I want to sing a song of joy for we have a loved one to grieve over.  I want to sing a song for weeping for those who do not have love in their lives.

May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you his grace and peace. All praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the source of every mercy and the God who comforts us. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When others are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. (2 Corinthians 1:2-4)

Abba Yahweh, thank you for making this beautiful woman and for all she has brought to this world in her time here.  God who comforts us, wrap her family and friends in your love.  I am so thankful that this life is not our only reality.  I look forward to when we can all be together again.

Do you have a joyful song of grief in your heart? Are you in a bittersweet season? How have you seen “the God who comforts us”, in action in your life?

Want to read through the Bible with me? Today’s Readings: Psalm 20,21; Luke 11:29-36