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But is that really possible in our world today?
I am linking up with Bonnie of Faith Barista as we write on the word PEACE for One Word Advent.
Years ago as a child, I remember flirting with the possibility of working for the United Nations. It was a brief dream as I enjoyed my Spanish class in middle school. I loved the idea of helping build peace between nations and I had visited the United Nations in Manhattan. That career choice went by the wayward and instead I pursued a nursing career. But peace was and is something I desire.
Yes, we can and should make attempts to bring varying groups together. But history has shown that not all people truly want peace. I read about Neville Chamberlain who was the British Prime Minister in the late 1930's. He was dealing with the threat of Hitler and his forces but he took on a policy of appeasement. The following year World War II was declared. There are forces in this world set on destruction and who do not desire peace.
But there is a way to peace. Peace can only be found in a person and His name is ...JESUS.
"The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?"
Jeremiah 17:9 (NIV)
In this world we will have trouble. Jesus told His disciples this before He was to be crucified.
"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."
John 16:33 (NIV)
I read of people such as Pastor Saeed Abedini who sits in an Iranian prison because of his faith in Jesus Christ. He is being tortured and separated from his family in America.
I thank God for Jesus who came into this world to save us.
"I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."
John 10:9-10 (NIV)
So during this advent season I will thank God for the peace He provides for me through a relationship with Jesus. No matter what storms come my way, He is with me and gives me His strength.
Blessings and love,