by Heather Tietz
Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, give I to you. Don’t let your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful.
What would your last piece of advice be? If you had a moment to offer inspiration to your loved ones, what would you say?
Here at His Last Supper Jesus gives His going-away speech to His beloved friends. Without distress, He sends Judas on his way to betrayal and then turns to His disciples with encouraging words. “Here is My peace,“ He says. “Don’t let it go.” This invisible, intangible spirit of calm He speaks over His friends. It isn’t a shallow temporary fix – a glass of wine, a warm shower, a drug-induced apathy. He gives a true calm in the center of a world-turning storm. Peace is theirs whatever the circumstance.
Fear and peace have the same slot in our spirits. Both can’t be there at once. One will push out the other. Fear is our own doing. We can’t control our circumstance, but we can control our feeling. Fixating on problems or pessimistic presuppositions pushes peace out of our spirits. But prayer, meditating on scripture, keeping God close, grows peace there instead.
Regardless of the cross we bare, the nails, the chaos, the sickness, the death, Jesus offers us a peace beyond understanding, peace regardless of circumstance.
If we ask, He gives. We knock. He opens the door. If we keep our focus on Him, His peace is ours.