Advent Devotion 8

Surrounded by Peace

Virginia Johnston

 

For the mountains may depart and the hills may be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed, says the Lord, who has compassion on you.

Isaiah 54:10 (NRSV)

 

When I think of the peace of Christ, I am reminded of times in our lives when nothing seems right.  Then in some unexpected way we come face to face with the reality that God is with us and His peace surrounds us.

 

One such event comes to mind:  At the time of my Mother’s death she had been in a nursing home for almost six years.  Very early in the morning prior to her death I was suddenly awakened and something seemed to say to me, “Today she will live but tomorrow she will die”.  I told this to one of the head nurses.  She asked how I could possibly know or even think that.  I told her it was as clear as talking with her.  She couldn’t understand and ran out of the room in tears.

 

Everything was OK during that day and night but the next day things changed.  My Mother was awake and aware in a sense.  My aunt and I were with her.  My aunt pinched Mom’s finger in the bed rail, for which she was scolded.  Shortly after that Mom told me to move that I was blocking her light. I asked what she saw in the light, and she said she saw Jesus.  She only lived a couple more hours.  When she passed away I felt a peace for myself and in knowing that she would no longer be suffering.

 

The nurse again asked how I knew.  I told her I felt God was giving me time to prepare for the final moments, and I now felt everything was going to be OK with me.  I will always miss my Mother but I cherish these last few hours with her and believe that we were surrounded by God’s love and peace.

 

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in all ways.  The Lord be with all of you.  Amen.

2 Thess. 3:16