Wednesday Word 2.27.2019

John 20:19-23 New International Version

19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. 21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

Peace. What a beautiful word. To be at peace is to be totally without distress, without anxiety, without fear. That is a state so contrary to humans! We are in constant vigilance waiting for the next onslaught. Fight or flight! And, it is so hard to let go of old hurts and grievances. But that isn’t the way we are meant to live. We are meant to experience the peace that only love can bring. That is the love that comes from God’s hand.

Above all, we are meant to share that peace. “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” What does he send us out to spread? Sounds like peace and forgiveness, to me. What does he give to help us through? Peace and the Holy Spirit. Sending us to love others the way we hope to be loved. To forgive others the way we need to be forgiven. To carry with us the peace that comes from God’s hand everywhere we go…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki