Peace out

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I give to you not as the world gives. Do not let your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27
 
There is plenty to trouble our hearts, in the world, in our country, in our city, in our communities, in our lives, among our friends and loved ones. The world gives us tools to try to explain how and why, to control the damage, and to protect what makes us feel secure. The peace that Christ leaves is centered in believing that He loves us, believing that we can trust Him, and releasing all we have to His care without fear. We can choose to let our hearts be troubled. We can choose to let Christ’s perspective drive our responses to troubling things. This is not as easy as it looks on paper, but His peace is a gift that we can choose to embrace.
 
Lord, in all the troubling things in life, keep turning me toward the peace You give.