Pastor Lynn Beach
Brandenburg United Methodist Church
The other night I listened to the thunderstorm as it moved through our area, and it brought back to mind one of my favorite images of peace. It is a picture of a rainstorm at a waterfall, with wind blowing, and water churning. When I picture it in my mind, I can almost sense the fury of the storm and yet there is a spot in the painting of a hollowed-out place in the rock by the waterfall where you find a bird resting quietly in her nest, safe and secure from all that is raging, and I always think “that’s peace.”
In my office I have a picture of a calm water scene, with Jesus and the disciples are in a boat and the caption at the bottom is from Mark 4:39 “And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.” It is a picture of what it was like after Jesus said “Peace, be still.” But some of you will remember that before Jesus arose and rebuked the furious sea he was sleeping in the midst of the storm. “That’s peace”
There are so many times of turbulence and turmoil in this world and in our lives that I wanted to remind you that peace in our lifes doesn’t have to be dependent on what is happening around us. David wrote in Psalm 16:7-9 “I will praise the LORD, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore, my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure.”
One of those lists of names for Christ that we sometimes read at Christmas is from Isaiah 9:6 “He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” I pray that you set Him before you and that you find Him to be your prince of peace even today.