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Third SUNDAY of Lent - INSTRUMENT OF PEACE written by Ed Arle

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

John 14:27


According to some historians, there has been peace over all the world only four times in the last 3,000 years. Upsetting as that sounds, it doesn't surprise me. I remember the words of the prophet Jeremieah when he proclaimed disaster for Jerusalem: "They have healed the wound of my people lightly, saying, 'Peace, peace,' when there is no peace" (Jeremiah 6:14)

We all want peace, don't we? People say, "Can't we all get along?" So why can't we? The apostle James wrote, "Let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger" (James 1:19). But that is easier said than done.

Have we given up on peace too soon? Perhaps. But maybe what we need to do right now is draw closer to the cross of Jesus to find that in him peace has been here all along.


Dear Lord Jesus, grant me your Spirit that I may truly be an instrument of your peace. Amen.


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