The way of peace this week

It has been three months since Christmas! Do you remember the words…”By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” Luke 1:78-79. Maybe you remember these verses, we said them together in worship every Sunday in advent.

When we remembered Jesus` birth, we also remembered how his parents took him to Jerusalem to the temple. Mary must have wondered at the time whether anyone would recognize her royal baby. Only two old people took any notice…no one else realized who Jesus was.

And now it is Palm Sunday, and we go with the grown-up Jesus as he re-enters Jerusalem. It was a happy day for his followers, who thought that finally the day was dawning where Jesus would get the recognition he deserved. But Jesus knew that the way of peace for his feet was up a steep hill to a place called Golgotha. This happy day was one where Jesus shed tears.

We all need peace in our lives. What way do your feet need to walk this week for you to find peace? We all want the way of peace to be sunny and filled with people who make the road easy for us and who are urging us on with loud affirmations! But maybe this week the way of peace for you involves a lonely place where you struggle alone, or a road filled with self-sacrifice and tears.

This week’s prayer:   Jesus help us live in peace. Help us walk the way of peace, the way that you show us.

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