Passing the Peace of Christ
Gene Allen Groner of Independence, MO, USA
For the kingdom of God is not food and drink but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. The one who thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and has human approval. -Romans 14:17-19
At reunion one year at Camp Farwesta, there was a memorable evening worship service. The guest minister came down into the audience and stopped at each aisle, cupped his hands together, and placed them in the hands of the first person in each aisle. I can’t begin to explain the peace and the power of the Holy Spirit as soon as he placed his hands in the hands of the person, and said, “May the peace of Christ be with you.”
I could feel the Spirit of Christ in my heart. Everyone had tears of joy in their eyes, and so did I. Each person in every aisle passed the peace in their hands to the person to their right and said, “May the peace of Christ be with you.” This continued throughout the meeting space until everyone had experienced Christ’s peace and the joy of the Holy Spirit.
Never have I seen or experienced anything like it. It was a gift from God. All were blessed that evening. And I have carried that experience in my heart and mind throughout the remainder of my life.
In Matthew 28:16-20, Jesus directs his disciples to share his love and peace with all the world:
Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
May we all be faithful to Christ’s commission. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Help us see beyond our dark places and find our way closer to your loving light.
Healing for Broken Spirits
Begin with quiet prayer. Ask God to help you detect some “sore places” in the body of Christ and God’s creation. Become aware of people who feel separated, wounded, or left out. Reflect on or write a short journal entry of healing words to at least one person who comes to mind. Ask God for words that will touch this person’s broken spirit like healing ointment. Keep this person in your heart and prayers today and act on any ideas that come to bring blessing and wholeness.
Today’s Prayer for Peace
Engage in a daily practice of praying for peace in our world. Click here to read today’s prayer and be part of this practice of peace.