John 14:27, “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.”

     All about us chaos reigns.  Countries are at war as they have always been.  Our televisions, radios and streamed news are full of stories of mankind imposing violence upon another.  It seems that there is no peace in this world.

     Peace is something that mankind has always pursued but never have been able to accomplish for any extended period.  It seems to be the nature of humankind to ask for peace while not working to maintain it.

     Peace is a word that evokes a sense of serenity, a feeling that things will somehow work out.  Everyone seems to desire it but we are somehow unable to embrace it.

     Fortunately there is a refuge of peace and it is within the arms of our Savior.  Jesus’ peace is a gift, a gift that reassures us that there is no need for fear. 

     In life we all pass through seasons of both good and bad times.  Place your worries, burdens and fears upon God’s shoulders in your prayers.  God is always faithful and hears even our whispered needs. 

      As we enter this second week of Advent rest assured in God’s promise of peace as was delivered to us through Jesus Christ.