Read Romans 5:1-11

 

Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God.  And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

 

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.  Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person–though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die.  But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.

 

Much more surely then, now that we have been justified by his blood, will we be saved through him from the wrath of God.  For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more surely, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life.  But more than that, we even boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.  (NRSV)

 

from Rev. Jayne Chafin – Parkersburg, WV

            When I read these verses from Romans, I find myself  pulled back to the beginning, “we have peace with God.”  Sometimes, well, actually most of the time, it is hard for us to understand what that means, let alone understand how we live in God’s peace.   We may have fleeting moments of peace, but in our busy-ness we don’t often recognize them, let alone feel God’s presence in them.  

            When I showed a picture of our newest grandson Will to a new friend here in Parkersburg,  she replied, “Ah, peace.  You need to stamp  the word peace all over that picture.  What a sign of God’s peace.”    I think she’s right, but not just for that picture—for all of us. 

            We all need to hear God speaking to us, and we need to know that God has stamped peace all over us: God’s peace, God’s love, God’s grace.  We are a truly blessed people.  God is Good.

Gracious God, often we speak of your peace,

yet often in the busy-ness of our lives we don’t take time to let it sink in. 

May we open our hearts to you more often,

may your peace be stamped all over our very lives

that others may hear you, see you, and know you; 

through our Lord Jesus Christ.

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