Yesterdays sermon hit the spot! It was a guest pastor (our regular pastor generally has pretty good sermons, too) who had a message on 2 Thessalonians 3:16, 17:
16 Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.
17 I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand, which is the distinguishing mark in all my letters. This is how I write.
The pastors full sermon summary was:
“Peace is not the absence of something; it is the presence of someone”
As we have a variety of personal struggles (kids, job, and purpose etc) we think how lucky we are! We have so many things going the right direction. A couple in front of us at church yesterday was also touched by the sermon. There perspective was much different. They listened to the sermon knowing they have an appointment today with a doctor where they will receive the results of tests. It is very likely the test will confirm the husband has Alzheimer’s. Someday that might be my concern, but right now, none of my concerns (I don’t believe) could so rob me of peace.
It is in these extreme circumstance where true peace can be assessed. I pray I could have peace, but an inward glance, gives me serious concerns. You pray your life experiences leading up to this type of diagnosis will allow you to trust in the One who died so you can spend eternity with him. I pray for this sweet couple. And, I pray for all who wonder (or wander) about. May the storms of life become just slightly cloudy days when filtered through the eternal perspective you give us. May we want You so badly that the physical, emotional, and tangible things of this world will seem like background noise. May our “peace” bank account be so full that the withdrawals of “normal” life are barely noticeable. And, may the big things be able to rely on a peace account that is backed up by your infinite credit card. May you be my source and the source of the sweet couple we met in church for peace. You go before us, and nothing can surprise you. May they/me/all-of-us commit ourselves to trusting you and you alone for our earthly and eternal satisfaction. Amen