This weekend I was scheduled to teach at Westminster, but the snowpocalypse was bad enough that we decided to cancel services this Sunday. Instead, we are emailing out a link to this post, so everyone can be cheered on in the safety of their own homes.
First is a note from Dave, then a video message from me:
Last Sunday, we lit the candle of Hope. The world tells us to hope in so many things, but we know that we have to look to something greater than this world in order to have true hope.
This Sunday, we won’t be physically lighting a candle, but we can still think about the Peace that God sent to this world. This past week, the world lost Nelson Mandela. He was a man who fought against inequality and struggle between races. Mandela worked every day to advance the peace that he felt all people deserved to experience. His efforts paid off for South Africa, and influenced so many in this world.
There are great people in this world whose life work is the advancement of peace. God offers us a peace that this world will never touch. Christ told us about peace in John 14:27: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
God offers every person a peace that remains in hard times; a peace that can’t be wiped away by struggle. It’s a peace that can’t be understood this side of eternity. We may not be able to fully understand it, but I assure you…it can be experienced!