Good morning New Hope!
Everywhere we look we seem to find conflict. There is race conflict, there is political conflict, there is conflict with authority, there is conflict between religions, and there is even conflict between forces in our environment. It should come as no surprise that in a world filled with conflict there are so many people who are fearful, skeptical, hopeless, and confused. We become so focused on and consumed by the conflict that we are convinced there can never be peace in our lives until all conflict is resolved. This leads us to the place of believing that until those people, forces, or circumstances that we perceive to be causing the conflict change or are removed there is no hope. The result is we miss out on experiencing the peace that is available to us and that has been promised to us.
Peace is not the absence of conflict. Peace is the ability to be calm in the middle of conflict. This peace is what is promised to us in scripture. And it is this peace that gives us the best hope for resolving conflict in our personal lives, in our communities, in our nation, and in our world. The apostle Paul talks about this peace in his letter to the church in Rome. It is this peace that will be the theme of my message for us this Sunday as we continue our journey to the cross during this season of Lent. Come hear about and learn about this peace!
Don’t forget to set your clocks forward before you go to bed Saturday night. It is time to “spring” forward!
Grace and peace,