During this last year, I found myself often praying a recurring theme – peace.
- As wars and terrorism robbed millions of their homes and put them out as refugees, the prayer was for peace.
- As a deeply divided nation agonized over deciding on a new president and congress, more prayers for peace.
- As angst and fears broke out among families, friends, church members, there were more prayers for peace.
- As uncertainty about economics and how a shrinking middle class affects us, our kids, and our grandkids, there were more prayers for peace.
Peace, rests on hope. The hope that what I see was NOT meant to be by the Creator. The hope that wrong things will eventually be made right. The belief that there WILL be a time and place where “God will wipe away all tears.” (Rev. 7:17) The assurance God is in control of my life and my world. To know, “My help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121)
The Psalmist knew we can get our eyes off the real source of hope. He knew our tendency to despair because we feel life is ours to work out alone and unaided.
We (mostly I) need to get our vision out of the valley. I need to get my eyes up, and continue to pray for God’s peace. I need to pray, “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” True peace comes from the One who created all, the One who will wage a victorious war against death, hopelessness, and despair. He is our hope and peace for 2017 and beyond.
Editor’s Note: This is one of Pastor Ric’s final posts before retiring early to Wisconsin in June. The community of New Ulm will miss his talents and friendship.