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Peace in the Land

March 21, 2020

“I will grant peace in the land, and you shall lie down, and no one shall make you afraid.” Leviticus 26:6

We went for a walk yesterday. It was good to get outside, good to breathe fresh air. The streets and sidewalks were, of course, fairly empty. It made for a strange experience. Odd to think of our neighbors hunkered down in their homes, which is how we spent most of our day.

But it was also peaceful, a gift to our family during these challenging days. Our God promises to grant us peace, in all things and at all times. Where are you finding peace these days? The peace of Christ arrives in myriad ways. Through phone calls and Zoom gatherings to stay connected. By taking the time to have deep conversations with family (your quarantine roommates, if you will, or via technology). Through diving into the Word of God. Perhaps even through the words I share in this space. I know that I find peace in writing them.

This morning, peace entered our house through music (as it so often does). Minnesota Public Radio played “Jupiter” from Gustav Holst’s The Planets. This is one of our favorite pieces, in no small part because it contains the tune “Thaxted.” This tune provides the music for one of our favorite hymns, “O God beyond all praising.” Erika and I chose this hymn to be sung by the congregation at our wedding. (Side note: Torsten asked us this morning how long we’ve been married, which led to the question – Do quarantine years count more than ordinary years when answering this question?).

Listening to “Jupiter,” I was overwhelmed by God’s peace. I sang the hymn text silently in my heart, moved by Michael Perry’s lyrics. Especially these: “and whether our tomorrows be filled with good or ill, we’ll triumph through our sorrows and rise to bless you still.”

We’ll rise to bless you still.

May God’s peace – that peace that surpasses all of our understanding – enfold you today.

Be well, friends. You are loved.

God, you promise peace in all times and seasons. In these uncertain days, grant us this peace. Teach us to be peacemakers, peace-bringers, signs of Jesus’ peace for the world. Let us use this time to cultivate peace, within and beyond ourselves. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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One Comment
  1. GAil Davison permalink

    Love your words, Dave! Peace to you and your family too!

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