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Periodic contributions from Revd. Giles King-Smith, Vicar of the three coastal parishes. We also continue to show contributions from the late Associate Minister Revd. Linda Walters

Peace

I have been thinking a lot about peace over the last few days because of things people have said to me and situations I have encountered. I went to my dictionary and it talked about no more wars, when fighting ceases, and tranquillity of spirit. I think this is how the world sees peace but of course as Christians we experience the peace which God gives.

 

I was reminded of an old hymn “When peace like a river”. It’s a very old hymn but the first two verses struck me in a new way;

 

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,

when sorrows like sea billows roll;

whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say,

It is well, it is well with my soul.

 

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,

Let this blest assurance control,

That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,

And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

 

There is a worldly peace we have when everything is going our way, but the peace God gives is a totally different quality of peace than that which the world gives. It’s a peace that passes our understanding; it makes us peaceful when all natural reasoning says we should be upset.

 

I know it’s easy to say these things and sometimes so much harder to do them to allow God’s peace to reign in our hearts in these difficult times when we struggle to see God. I think it goes back to letting God’s word become a part of us, to not just be something which is in our head as mere knowledge, but in our hearts and a part of our being. I know that the journey from head to heart is probably one of the hardest but when we manage it there is real blessing.

 

 

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