All of last week, I was looking forward with great anticipation to Friday evening. The Women’s Ministry at my church was hosting a Ladies Christmas Event, and Cheri Keaggy would be leading worship. I love my husband, but sometimes it’s good to get away with the girls.
The sanctuary looked spectacular. I plopped down in my chosen seat toward the back and took it all in. Giant snowflakes hung down from the ceiling. White lights twinkled happily, and beautiful Christmas trees filled up the stage.
The theme for the evening was Heavenly Peace…
….except my peace was about to be disrupted.
There in the “sanctuary” while women chatted cheerily and Casting Crowns “Peace on Earth” played in the background, I was suddenly robbed of my peace.
My iPhone started to ding ding ding with urgent text messages. A friend was hurting. Her world had imploded. I wanted to jump out of my seat and find her. Tears welled up in my eyes.
I sent a text to my husband — making him aware of the situation and asking him to pray for this family. I lifted my eyes to the Lord and asked Him to rain down His peace.
On Saturday, I spent the day researching Scriptures on peace. I had to smile when I read Isaiah 9:6 in The Message translation:
For a child has been born—for us!
the gift of a Son—for us!
He’ll take over
the running of the world.
His names will be: Amazing Counselor,
Prince of Wholeness.
In a world where darkness seeks to rob me of my peace, I must remember that Christ came to make things Whole.
He is my peace.
As I lay my burden at His feet, the Prince of Peace will take over and give me counsel, strength, protection, and peace.
Something to think about….
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