Peace in every situation

ATD 184The Word

“Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you His peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.”

2 Thessalonians 3:16, 18

Thought

Driving home very late one night I fell asleep and drifted across two opposite lanes of traffic, struck a tree at an angle which flipped the car over, and then slid head on into a second tree. I was unconscious when the police arrived and was later told their first assessment was the operator of the car did not survive. All I remember was gaining momentary consciousness, calling for help, and hearing a voice say, “We’re going to get you out.” My next recollection was having multiple wounds stitched in the emergency room.

When my parents were called my father was so shaken emotionally he did not accompany my mother to the hospital, but stayed home praying for my survival. Not until he received a call from my mother telling him I was going to be okay did peace come to my father, and he arrived a short time later. My dad later told me my mother’s voice saying I would be okay was God’s confirmation of peace for him. I was seventeen when that incident occurred.

Paul writes that God is the Lord of peace. He is its source. It is not a temporary peace, for as he is peace and abides within his children, we have the possibility of peace at all times in every situation. It is that peace as well as God’s grace the apostle Paul hopes would be with the Thessalonians always, and may it be so with us.

Prayer

Lord Jesus may my heart and my eyes be set upon you, my source for all things. May I walk in your grace and your peace throughout this day and always. Amen.

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