Peace does not mean that life is still not overwhelming and troublesome. God’s peace exists alongside darkness and pain. We need to let go of a picture of God as a “great fixer” to whom we appeal to make pain go away. We find our peace, I submit, in living well, living our lives in a meaningful way, with integrity, building relationships. There is our personal peace. The work of life is inherently not peaceful. There is pain, upset and confusion, and we all have a moment (or more) when we wish it didn’t hurt just to be alive. Peace comes, as Jesus taught, with the achievement of justice and righteousness, which are always messy and noisy. Individuals can work for peace, but peace is the achievement of communities – work in which God is always present, right beside us.
Blessings — Pastor Carol