Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | November 9, 2013

November 9, 2013 “Take Heart”

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

Good Morning God’s Beloved!

From my earliest recollections of a child, I have understood that we live in a world of conflict. I remember at the age of four hearing of a war in Korea, not fully grasping what it was all about, but even then I understood that it meant guns and shooting and people dying. Things didn’t really get much better. In elementary school I remember the air raid drills, when we would line up against the wall covering our eyes (as if that would have saved us in the event of a nuclear attack)! The world was brought to the brink of such a catastrophe in 1962 with the Cuban missile crisis. Shortly thereafter came our engagement in the Vietnam war. And so it goes throughout history. As Jesus said, “There will always be wars and rumors of wars”. (Matthew 24:6) Yet, through the reality of it all, (and these things were just in my lifetime…history is fraught with such realities), Jesus tells us to take heart, for He has overcome the world. He shares words that seem to fly in the face of reality. How do we have peace in such a world? It begins with prayer. Twentieth century theologian Carl Barth said it like this:

“To clasp the hands in prayer is the beginning of an uprising against the disorder of the world.”

Jesus called peacemakers “Blessed”, that is, “Happy” , f”or they shall be called the children of God.” Children converse with their parents. They love them and seek to please them. Hands clasped in prayer are most pleasing to God and carry with them enormous power. Their particular ‘warfare” brings order out of disorder…peace out of conflict…assurance in troubling times. Yes, there will always be wars and rumors of wars, but have peace. Christ has overcome the world and will bring His peace to your heart through prayer. Let’s pray!

God of grace and Glory; Let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts in a world of conflict. Through prayer, bring us to that place of quiet rest, near to Your heart, where we may be calm even in the midst of the storms that rage all around us. bring us Yo9ur peace, we pray, in Jesus’ Blessed name. Amen!

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