I pray that this letter finds you in good spirits and health. Jesus offers us peace and grace at John 14 verse 27: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid”. During this month of November 2021, we will do well to remember this message and gracefully set time aside for remembering what was, and for recognising what we need to achieve concerning peace.
We begin by remembering the victims of conflict: – those who have died and those who have survived. – the sacrifice of the many who are struggling to bring freedom and an end to conflict. – those who have fought to make this world a better place to live.
We also need to recognise: – that although our world is created by God for the whole people of God, we continue to break and divide it. – that war, conflict, division, and injustice still prevail across this globe in so many places and situations; and – that there are many among us who carry scars from past experiences; injuries from held memories; and upset from things said.
But friends, there is healing to be found in our remembering and in our recognising. Our remembering helps us to learn from the past and look forward to what is to come. And our recognising helps to build us up with knowledge of what we need to release, what we need to hold on to, and what we need to embrace anew.
So, we take time to remember: – that there exists stories of courage and endurance and survival. – that every sacrifice made has brought hope of a better day to come.
And we recognise: – those who have fought to make this a better place to live. – And that there are people who enjoy freedoms now who otherwise would not.
Let us remember that there is justice, that there is righteousness, that there is hope, and that there are better days ahead. And as we set our minds in November mode, we recognise that as children of a loving GOD, it is up to us to use what was done for us and show something of our spirit to others. In many parts of the Bible, we are called to remember the works that the Lord has done in the past to prepare all God’s people for the future.
So, as we remember the message of the Prince of Peace, let us look to the future and recognise that GOD calls us to work for peace. Friends, we are called to open our hearts, without fear of what is to come, but with hope in the future, remembering those who took the risk to believe that there would be better days ahead, and believing that there will be a time of true peace, justice, and freedom for all.
Grace and Blessings