Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
John 14:27 English Standard Version (ESV)
I have two stories to share with you in this time of struggle. Maybe Jesus is leading us as Christians to be those who help bring peace not fear, to bring joy instead of heartache.
Today as I made my way out and about to do my weekly grocery stuff for the house I was was reminded that people need peace. I went to Meijer to get groceries. I stopped two people who were working after I saw them sound exacerbated with people asking questions and generally people being angry with the workers. I just walked over stopped them and said “Thank you for serving us, I really appreciate what you are here doing for everyone including myself.” The two I talked with, for just a few seconds, were shocked and said thank you. I hope it set their day in a new direction of peace in these tough time.
Later today I was outside with my kid and my neighbor walked over. He was curious about some work I had done on my house and asked if I liked it. As we talked about it our conversation turned to his anxiousness about what is happening between his retirement accounts, and getting food. As we talked I had the opportunity to share with him about how God is working in all this and how we will all get through this. We cant control these things so I trust in Jesus to get us through this. He walked away thanking me for helping him feel less anxious.
These stories aren’t about me. They are about how right now our world needs to see peace and calm. Our world doesn’t need more things to worry about, but needs to see Christians caring for our neighbors, sharing the peace we have in Jesus. So today if it is your neighbor, or your family, or your co-workers be someone who brings peace and joy, not worry or tension. People need that today as they do every day.