“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” (John 14:27)

Idealism once sustained my commitment to peacemaking. That is until personal tragedy finally became too overwhelming. Whatever peace I know comes not from triumphant idealism but from broken vulnerability. These days I feel less like a wise elder and more like a frightened child who trusts in a loving Parent who identifies with my sorrows and aspirations.

GO AND DO: Seek peace, rest in God, take the vulnerable path, and confide in a trusted friend.

(This short piece is part of a weeklong series for Red Letter Christians Wakeup Devotionals.)

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