by: Gillian Ford
Contributor: Ken Brown, Senior Pastor
"Peace I leave with you. My peace I give you. I give to you not as the world gives. Don't be troubled or afraid. - Jesus, John 14:27
December 7, 1941 is one of the most sacred dates in American History summed up in two words - Pearl Harbor. December 7, 2016 is one of the most sacred dates in my life - the day my father died. They say grieving a loved one gets easier with the passing of time. They lie. For now, the loss is different, yet still a rigorous, complex season of reflection about my father's impact on my life.
My father, Robert Edward Brown had a favorite response to our family's annual question, "Dad, what do you want for Christmas?" In a jolly fashion, he would always say, "Peace of mind."
Peace. Everyone has a working definition for this word. For my dad, he found peace by building stuff. His last remodel of my childhood home was a 900 square foot sun-room addition. In his final days, this room brought him comfort and joyous times with family and friends. I terribly miss his engineering insights on buildings; no doubt he would marvel at Trinity. I also miss Dad's observations about the state of the world. Dad taught me optimism, and life has taught me that peace of mind is more than a state of being. Peace of mind is a resolve to rest certain things in God's hands without relinquishing our hands from those things we are uniquely call to attend. Like hope, peace is a cognitive, emotional process that begins with knowing what you want.
Our faith teaches Jesus is the Peace of Prince. What this means to you is revealed as you pursue him. If you want peace of mind this Christmas, ask Jesus to reveal it. You will be surprised by the answers!