The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


October 30, 2008

Peace in these days

My confirmation verse resonates with me a lot these days. I'm struggling with what it means in these days of an economy tanking, a nasty political season (actually several seasons long, it seems!), racism rearing an even uglier head, sexism, church membership drops and more.

"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

I heard this verse and more from John 14 at my father's funeral in 2001. I heard it again this past summer at Mom's funeral. I've been drawn to it often in my life just as my parents must have been, since they chose it as one of their funeral texts.

"Do not let your hearts be troubled." Is it possible to really let go of worries? To really NOT be troubled about everything swirling around us? That is the question. There are moments when I really feel calm about everything. But then I pick up my worries again because it's such a familiar load! What about you? Are you finding it possible to keep an untroubled heart these days? To know peace?

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