On: September 8, 2015 | By: SWLadmin | Under: Blog | Comments: Comments are off
They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognised by them when he broke the bread. While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” Luke 24:33-36
“The peace of the Lord be always with you.” “And also with you.”
So goes the greeting exchanged in the Church of England’s communion service, usually shortly before the breaking of the bread.
It is a three way peace. Peace with God, for our sins are forgiven and we are restored to the relationship with God He had always intended.
Peace with our fellow believers, with whom we have become brothers and sisters in a new family, that will hold true into eternity.
Peace with ourselves, for we have been set free from all that would bind us and drag us down. This latter peace is the one that I most often struggle with, for the pressures of everyday life can snatch it away and it seems so hard to reclaim it.
Opposite are twelve verses from the bible that talk of peace. My prayer is that they will provide an oasis of calm where God can pour out His peace into our hearts afresh.