Finding Peace – Vicar’s weekly thought for 26th Jan

On Christmas Day we looked at how we all long for peace in our lives. We have now reached the point in our series, ‘From Longing to Finding – a Journey’, where we can now look at where we can find that peace. In John 14.7 Jesus says “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” Jesus is telling us that we can only get real peace from Him; anything that we can get from the world is not real peace, it comes and goes. My personal experience bears this out: when I first encountered Jesus I found a peace I had never experienced before. Many times since, when life has been full of trouble and pain, I have also found that peace to help me carry on. Sheila Walsh said, “Peace is not the absence of trouble, but the presence of Christ.” This peace is something we can pass on to each other, by prayer, it is something we can continually ask the Father for. After all it is a gift to all of us and who doesn’t want to use and share the gifts they are given? This peace comes from being in a relationship with Jesus and through Him the Father, it comes from knowing we are loved deeply. It comes from being seen as whole, complete and perfect, which only comes from our relationship with Christ.