Peace Be With You
Prior to his death and resurrection, Jesus told the disciples that there would be a time when he would no longer be able to be with them but he promised them that he would not leave them orphaned and alone. He promised God would send the Holy Spirit to be with them in his place.
At the time of hearing it, I would imagine that the entire conversation we can read in John 14 made no sense to the disciples. They must have been confused and worried about the words Jesus was saying to them because he continues, “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
Jumping ahead to after Jesus’ death and resurrection when Jesus appears to the group of the disciples he says, “Peace be with you.” John 20:19
Then showing them his hands and side the disciples rejoiced and again Jesus said to them, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”
Peace is when there is no conflict or fear between two parties.
But sometimes as individuals the is conflict and fear stirring is in our minds and our hearts.
We feel unsettled and uneasy.
Sometimes it feels like a storm is brewing with in us and we need peace.
Jesus offered peace to his disciples when they were worried, scared, or uncertain.
Peace is a fruit of the Spirit; something we all have been given from the Holy Spirit because we are followers of Jesus.
But sometimes we forget that the sweet, refreshing fruit of peace is something our bodies need. Especially when there is conflict, fear, and worry pulling us away like an unhealthy snack.
What can we do to help give us the strength to remember that we have access to the goodness of peace; that we don’t have to sit in conflict, fear, turmoil, and worry?
While we may all have different techniques we use to help us draw upon the peace of God within us, (walking, coloring, music, etc.) I think prayer is always a good place to start because it is through prayer where we draw close to God and begin to tap into the peace that is within us.
Here are some examples of some different ways you could add to your prayer life.
Breath prayer-A breath prayer is short, simple prayer that we say while focusing on our breathing. Find a short phrase that will be your prayer. For the first half of the prayer you inhale and the last half you exhale. So let’s practice with the phrase, “Lord, show me your peace” You would INHALE and say “Lord” Then EXHALE and say “show me your peace” You can use any short phrase or scripture for a breath prayer. The point is to stop, breathe, and pray.
Prayer beads-I really like the idea of prayer beads. So much in fact I gathered up our discipleship group leaders one year and we made bunches of them to give to the children of the church to put on their backpacks for the new school year. Holding the beads helps me to focus and not let my mind wander as I pray. Learn more about protestant prayer beads from artist and United Methodist Kristen Vincent by clicking link for a short video that explains more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTWtgzcslxg
And if you’re interested in her book she mentioned in the video here is the amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DMHXQGS/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0
May the Peace of Christ be with you,