God’s peace for usAnd the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. —Philippians 4:7
This peace, we must confess, is beyond us! Paul said so three times. It’s “the peace of God” not of humans. It “surpasses all understanding,” so it’s a mystery to humans. And its “in Christ Jesus”—for us but beyond us.
In the face of death, we know terror and despair. Any peace, faith, hope, love, or courage we find is most certainly a gift of God’s grace, a sign of the presence of the Holy Spirit.
So do not fear your fear of death or your feelings of loss or hopelessness. They are natural. Death truly is an enemy. And yet, Christ really is the firstborn of the dead.
Saint Paul Lutheran Church
715 South Third Street
Clinton, IA 52732
(at the foot of the south bridge)