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May There Abide In Us Peace

Posted by Pastor Dean Jurgen on

Brother, Sister Strugglers,
If you are feeling overly stressed by the events of these days, relax, for you don’t need to explain why. We all are challenged and stressed with the news of this day, the first day of a coronavirus shut down of all “unnecessary activity”: sporting events, concerts, political rallies, schools, movie theaters, Broadway theaters, flea markets, restaurants, High School reunions, bus trips, cruise ships.” The list is much longer than this… and it includes the church, where we look to be unafraid, in harmony with our sisters and brothers, in the Lord, supporting each other with deeds of goodwill and compassion. Those behaviors of living in harmony with all, but we aren’t to be about just waiting, we are to be sacrificing our self-will for God’s will, and pray with Jesus, “Nevertheless, not my will but yours be done.” It’s a prayer that can liberate us from a good amount of the stress we’re forced to face. The Apostle Paul wrote: “Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day.”
These words of the great author C.S. Lewis speak today:
“The times we live in are . . . grave. Whether ‘graver than all others in history’ I do not know. But the evil that is closest always seems to be the most serious: for as with the eye so with the heart, is a matter of one’s own perspective. However, if our times are indeed the worst, if That Day is indeed now approaching, nothing remains but that we should rejoice because our redemption is drawing nearer and say with St. John: ‘Amen, come quickly, Lord Jesus.’ Meanwhile, our only security is that The Day may find us all working in our own station and, giving up all dissensions, fulfilling that supreme command that we love one another. Let us ever pray for each other . . . and may there abide (in us) that peace which no one can take from us.” C. S. Lewis