"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God." Matthew 5:9, NIV
I think there are at least three kinds of peace: the absence of war, the lack of grudges in families and friendships, and God's peace--the kind that passes understanding. The third is the kind I'm talking about today.
I saw a drawing one time of peace that came with a story. I don't know if the story is true or not. Apparently a professor had given his art class one instruction: to draw a picture of peace.
There were pasture scenes with sheep grazing in a green meadow. One had drawn a picture of a hand held up in the classic peace gesure. There was one of the peace symbol--the circle with three branches stretching downward from an upper branch. And one of a towering waterfall in a violently windy scene with one bird singing from the top of a tree.
That's God's peace--the kind that defies all logic. The peace in the midst of storms. The peace that is still there when everything falls to pieces around you. The peace that exists like a strong foundation holding you up when you should be filled with fear or horror.
That's the peace I pray for you. That's the peace I hope you will pray for others.
Prayer: Father, I don't understand how You can "keep in peace" the one whose heart is stayed on You. I don't know why You would give us peace when we have failed You, when our faith is weak, but You do. Thank You, God of my peace.