“His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isa. 9:6); “Blessed are the peacemakers” (Matt. 5:9); “Peacemakers who sow in peace will raise a harvest of righteousness.” (James 3:18)
Lord Jesus, it’s here again—the day with its own numeric branding, “9/11.” Many days in history stand out as clarion expressions of evil, underscoring our great need for redemption. September 11, 2001 is on that list. I certainly remember what I felt—incredulous, afraid, angry, then numb. And my dear wife—it was Darlene’s 50th birthday.
Now we have a new numeric marker than will be remembered for generations—”Covid-19.” Unlike “9/11,” it hasn’t just drawn a line of division between waring nations, but between good friends, close families, co-workers—even among those you call your beloved Bride.
Yet in it all—in every place brokenness is burgeoning, divisiveness is deepening, and fear is flourishing, you call us to a life of peace-sowing, peace-making, and peace-expecting. Are we naïve, foolish, or wasting our time to do so? No… 1000 times No!
For you, Lord Jesus, are the “Prince of Peace” and Peace-Guarantor; and you’ve made us “peace-gardeners.” Your cross-death the ultimate “peace-sowing”; and your resurrection is the firstfruits of a peace-harvest so grand, it’s call “the new heaven and new earth.”
We cry aloud, “Maranatha!” Come, Lord Jesus, come! Until then, give us all the mercy, grace, and peace we need to live and love to your glory. So very Amen we pray, in your triumphant and tender name.