The Gift of Peace

I am currently writing my next book which I have titled Peace. After Forgiveness and Hope, it seemed to me that Peace should come next.  There are several definitions of “peace”. Merriam-Webster clarifies it for kids with these four explanations:

1 : a state of quiet
2 : freedom from upsetting thoughts or feelings
3 : harmony in personal relations
4 a : a state or period of peace between governments b : an agreement to end a war 

I know that my daughter and daughter-in-law who have young children running around the house yearn for that first definition of peace.   My oldest daughter who has a daughter who will soon be a teenager would like to have the third definition of peace in her life.  I am one who worries way too much and wishes for the second meaning of peace in my life. I know that all of us pray for the peace given with the fourth definition.

This brings me to the scripture I have chosen for my next book. It is probably the most quoted scripture concerning peace. Jesus leaves us with these words about peace:

 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”  John 14:27(NIV)

The Message give us this modern translation of this scripture:

“I’m leaving you well and whole. That’s my parting gift to you. Peace. I don’t leave you the way you’re used to being left—feeling abandoned, bereft. So don’t be upset. Don’t be distraught.” John 14:27 (The Message)

In this scripture, Jesus leaves us with peace that we can find in Him and through Him if we trust and believe. In my book Peace, I’m telling the story of how Dixie struggles to hold on to the peace that Jesus offers us. She faces challenges that she never imagined would come into her life. But, her friends and her faith in God will help her find that peace.

I pray that this Christmas and in the New Year you will find the peace that Jesus offers us all.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Carol

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