December 19: Peace
Glory to God in the highest heaven,and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests. - Luke 2:14
Vermont is really into maple syrup. Mention Aunt Jemima and you’re likely to get some sidewards glances. We like the real thing, and we’re not shy about it. Would that we were similarly uncompromising in other areas.
In our world, peace often refers to the absence of conflict, or a vague idea of wellbeing. In Hebrew, the word for peace as translated from the text above as Shalom. A word which indicates wholeness or completeness.
Shalom is the type of peace that allowed Jesus to sleep in the middle of a storm (Matthew 8:23-27). It's not calm surroundings, financial or political stability, or even physical health. Shalom is an inner peace that transcends our current situation. This is the Peace God has for his people.
As children of God we are in possession of Shalom (Colossians 3:15). It may not always feel like it, but the one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit is peace (Galatians 5:22-23).
How was Jesus able to sleep on the boat while the disciples panicked? He understood his position with God, he rested in Shalom. God is a provider, redeemer, and rescuer, but Shalom is trusting and resting in him regardless of the storm around us. You are a child of Jehovah Shalom.
Are you resting in Shalom today or are you focused on the storm?
Consider your bird friends this winter- and make some bird seed ornaments. Fun to make, fun to use as outside decorations, and fun to share with your feathered neighbors! If you don’t have saved kitchen grease, consider using coconut oil or peanut butter.
Written by: Mary Weinstein
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