Upper Seneca Baptist Church
Monday, August 19, 2019
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By Pastor Dennis Felder
During this hectic summer time, people are in desperate need of peace.
Why? It’s because our children are out of school.
We now have to spend every waking hour with them.
When we turn around, there they are.
When we try to lie down for some rest and relaxation, we hear them fussing.
Remember that Calgon commercial that said, “Calgon, take me away!”?
What you need is to get away and have some peace and quiet.
Do not misunderstand what I am saying, children are certainly a gift from God.
However, they know how to push those buttons.
During this summer, when your buttons have been pushed too much, find a quiet place and have a special time with God.
If you never set aside a time of peace, you will never have it.
In the biblical time period, the common greeting among the people was shalom.
Shalom literally means “peace”.
In the New Testament the word for peace is eirene (pronounced i-ray’-nay).
This Greek word meant the absence or end of all strife.
Wouldn’t it be great to have this kind of peace?
If we did, living life would be a daily joy.
This kind of peace can be found in the person of Christ.
Eirene bears within it the concept of being “at one”.
When you set aside a daily time to just share with the Lord, you will experience eirene.
In Colossians 3:15 it reads, “Let the peace (eirene) of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace (eirene).
And be thankful.”
So next time when the kids or grandchildren are driving you crazy, simply let Christ take you away!
Peace be with you.