There is nothing that compares to the abundant peace that comes from God. Death is mysterious and scary for many who have no idea where you go after your last breath. Do the lights just turn off and you cease to exist? Is there a soul within that goes somewhere after the body has failed?
I have seen death very closely this past year and because of my gracious Father and hope in His promise, I was given peace. Two of my grandparents that are dear to me passed away within seven months of each other. I have dreaded their going since I was a little girl. I did not know how I would be able to endure it and that is when Jesus stepped in. While losing them is one of the hardest things I have gone through, I know that Jesus has wrapped them in His arms and has carried them home.
It’s confusing to feel such loss, and yet such peace of heart at the same time. While I miss their company terribly, I feel overwhelming peace to know that my grandparents have finished their race and now rest with our Father above. Their suffering is over and He has fulfilled His promise to them. I witnessed God’s peace in my tired grandmother’s eyes as she would say, even through her suffering, “I love Jesus. Jesus is all I have.” I saw His comfort while my hurting mother laid her parents to rest. There is nothing that could replace the healing, fortifying, and comforting presence of God’s peace!
by Allison K.
Hark! The herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King;
Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!”
“Hark”: to pay close attention, listen (Merriam Webster). Hark—pay close attention—to the message of Christmas. Born is the King, the Prince of Peace. Pay close attention—in his mercy, God reconciled sinners to Himself. This morning think of someone who is suffering a loss. Ask our God of love to comfort them and give them peace.
Hail the heav’nly Prince of Peace!
Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings,
Ris’n with healing in His wings.
Is there someone in your day who needs a touch from the Prince of Peace? Direction from Him who brings Light and Life? Healing? In prayer, silently hold them up before God.
Mild He lays His glory by,
Born that man no more may die;
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth.
As you fall asleep, invite Him to minister to you during the night speaking into your soul the truth of your second birth and that Christ was born that man no more may die.
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing