Text: Luke 12:49-56
For peace in the Lord
For peace between peoples
A BAND I ENJOYED AS a younger man sang a particular song about how to live life well, and one of the lyrics had this pithy phrase: “better to have a hole in your pocket, than a crack in your soul.” This is what Jesus does: he reveals our divided loyalties, our two-faced attitudes, our limping along on warring opinions—the crack down the middle of our souls.
To begin to follow him is to find healing for that divide down deep in each of us. Jesus warn that means that division and cracks may arise in our relationships with others, and we should not be surprised. We come as peacemakers, but our peace should never be at the expense of our relationship with our Lord, who makes peace within ourselves and with others possible:
Peace in our hearts, our troubled thoughts assuaging,
Peace in your Church, where kindred souls are raging,
Peace, when the world, its endless wars are raging—
Let the peace of your heaven reign.
May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks