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“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
I was in high school the first time I went to Europe- some 30 years ago. We flew to England for a few days and then went to France. I fell in love with Paris- the whole city (doesn’t everyone!). The energy, the food, the pizzazz- it was enchanting. Until, suddenly, the music stopped and the magic turned to chaos. During our visit acts of anti Semitic violence broke out in the streets, the metro station had been bombed with tear gas, and there were shootings. The world changed, for me, in that instant, and it changed again yesterday.
And God was there. He was there in the streets of Paris that day in 1986 and He was there yesterday, as He is with each of us every day. Violence abounds in this fallen world, but God promises peace that surpasses all understanding.
Pray for peace in Paris. The world is filled with evil, it is real and it lives and walks among us. But we have the promise of peace, the promise of hope, and the promise of heaven and that, woven in His grace, will sustain us. Pray for peace in all of our hearts.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
Advent reminder: Advent begins two weeks from tomorrow (Nov. 29). To read the Advent series click here.