Pray for Peace
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” - Colossians 3:15
As the Trustees were concluding their meeting last night, one member mentioned that rockets had just been fired from Iran to two bases in Iraq, where US forces were based. We decided extra prayer was in order and bowed our heads together.
When I got home, I discovered that Wheel of Fortune had been pre-empted with this news, twice, and for the rest of the evening, our 14 year-old-son was texting with his friends about the developing situation in the Middle East. It was just the night before, as he returned from his Scout meeting, that he admitted that it was the talk of the Middle School (or at least his friends) that the US would soon be re-instituting the draft.
To them, it was a joke… but a joke that masked their real fears and anxieties, no doubt.
I distinctly recall my own Junior High experience, as the US struck Iraq back in 1991, the rumors and fears about impending nuclear launches in retaliation… and being a mere 1 hour drive from Canada’s version of New York, we figured we were in serious danger. Obviously, these fears were unfounded - but to us at the time, they were real.
As I write this, it certainly looks like there is a de-escalation of rhetoric and action… and maybe we will look back in 30 years with nothing but a shrug about these events of January 2020… but living in this moment, minute-by-minute, we can’t help but feel anxiety. And for those whose friends and family members have been quickly deployed to the region, or whose orders to return have been paused, the anxiety is very real.
To each and every one of us, I simply ask that you do the same thing that our Trustees did last night - pray. Pray especially for peace. Pray for wisdom, for discernment, for safety, but most especially pray for the peace of Christ to rule in all of our hearts. I pray that you, as you read this now, would receive the peace of Christ and that you would hold on to it.
And of course, we don’t need to wait for the threats and rumors of war to pray for Christ’s peace. It may be the best prayer we can offer and the greatest gift we can give to each other - always!
May the Peace of Christ be with us all!