Prince of Peace

My mind is stayed on You, because I trust in You.
You WILL keep me in Your perfect peace. Isaiah 26:3 (Emphasis mine.)

Life doesn’t come without pain.
Pain comes in different forms. Different circumstances. Different trials. Different tribulations. But it remains a commonality for all who journey through this world.
Everywhere you turn, evidence of pain is present. It often masquerades itself as something completely different; drug abuse, anorexia, stealing, approval addiction, busyness, seclusion, independence, defensive attitudes, and the list goes on.
It’s easy to look around and find these things and label a person defective, rebellious, or crazy. But, if we looked a little deeper, behind all the layers of “issues”, we would find pain. Once found, it might be easier to extend empathy. Have Compassion. Practice Patience. Offer Forgiveness. Pursue peace. Live in one accord.
We all have common denominators, a desire to love and be loved, and pain that can misconstrue those desires.
Today, though I have pain (missing my husband, thinking about the bond that was formed the last two days between a father and his daughter and wondering if in forty-five days he may have to start all over again, abandonment by family members and friends, etc.), I have perfect peace. I will not revert back to my old man because my mind is stayed on Him who is rich in mercy, love, joy, and peace.
Is there anyone you can think of today in pain? Maybe you have overlooked their pain as simply an “issue?” Could you share the source of perfect peace and help them begin to heal? (“I create the fruit of the lips: Peace, peace to him who is far off and to him who is near,” says the Lord, “And I will heal Him.” Isaiah 57:19)
I encourage you my friends, my brothers and sisters, let’s remember how far we’ve come through the source of Peace. Let’s share what we ourselves have been given. Let’s humble ourselves and see those persons we’ve pushed away as “too much to deal with” as someone we used to be. Let’s offer hope. Let’s offer them Jesus today.

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No where to turn but to You

Lost in a world I don’t belong, I’d sought for pleasure and sought for peace
And where I looked, temporary was found
Nothing seemed to stick around.
Things I gained, things I loved, rapid changes, loss and pain
Oh how tired the chase made me.
Until I was lost in the darkest of seas.
With nowhere to turn I had to look up, but when I looked up, was directed within
to a hardened dark place that my heart used to be
I praise You my constant for ever-changing me.

Continue to “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10
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