“May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace!” vs. 3
During the last couple of days we’ve probably heard the traditional New Year greeting dozens of times. After all when a new calendar year rolls around it’s customary to express best wishes for the weeks and months ahead…and many times our words sound like those of the psalmist. We say “Happy New Year” and pray that God will give strength to our family and friends, but most of all we’re praying that the Lord will give them peace. We sincerely want people to have peace of heart and mind, and to enjoy tranquility in everyday life. We’d love for there to be an end to conflict and war and often we wonder why people “can’t just get along.” Even though experience has taught us the elusiveness of peace on every level, we keep on hoping that this will be the year that ancient patterns will be broken and God’s peaceable kingdom will be established. It’s good to keep that ideal in mind as we continue to pray for the realization of our heart’s desire. It could even be that our futures can be shaped by our yearnings. As we continue to live faithfully, even if we don’t get perfect peace in 2018, there will most certainly be regular experiences of serenity, those precious times when we catch glimpses of the peaceable kingdom. May each of us have a most blessed new year!
Thought for the Day: Why is peace elusive?