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
Our hearts have been troubled and we have been afraid. When was the last time any of us felt any peace? We have felt anxious, lonely, sad, and scared. We’ve been separated from parents, school chums, relatives and friends. Many of us are still frightened – unsure of the future. Will things ever be the same again – like they used to be? So many fears, so many unanswered questions. There is no peace.
But there is a promise.
The disciples also felt anxiety, loneliness and sadness. Jesus had told them he was leaving, but that he would not leave them orphaned. “Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” Then the promise: the same one given to us – a wonderful, enduring gift from God, the Holy Spirit.
We no longer have a reason to fear, to be frightened, anxious or lonely. We are not abandoned; Jesus will be present to us at all times through the Holy Spirit. This is the promise with great news – a gift that makes all the difference. Our hearts no longer need to be troubled, God’s peace is within us.
Prayer: God in Heaven, when our hearts are troubled, let us experience the peace of the Holy Spirit within ourselves. We give you thanks for that gift and promise. Let it be our constant reminder of Jesus’ presence with us. Amen.
Deaconess Student Regina Mendenhall, Omaha, NE