(from Mary Bernau)
Paul is referring to the two religious groups(believing Jews and believing Gentiles), but I immediately though of my beloved Iowa church and our new church, Good Shepherd Lutheran here in Alexandria. This will be our first Christmas here in Virginia. Last year we went “home” to Iowa for the holidays. I miss our church friends and family in Iowa sooooo much. When we moved here over a year ago, I did not have a job, any friends, and no garden. I did have a loving and employed husband. (Thank you God!) But, if it wasn’t for Good Shepherd, I don’t know if I could have coped. You were all strangers to me, but coming here for church, or to quilt, or knit, or clean closets, or “whatever” brought me peace and comfort(and some wonderful new friends). This was a place I could come and feel safe, let my guard down, share my woes and just be my weird, confused and then lonely self.
Ephesians 2:17-18 “He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.”
With Jesus Christ as our cornerstone you have become my extended family of God’s People. He preached peace to all of us, near and far, and you became my peace. I still miss Iowa, but I will continue to enjoy this new peace in our new “home” at Good Shepherd Lutheran. Thank you for this! I hope I can share peace with you. In Advent, or anytime we can share peace with so many of our Brothers and Sisters in Christ! We can be a Growing Safe Place! May PEACE be with you and your family today and always, Merry Christmas!
Thank you for Peace. Thank you for preaching Peace, thank you for making Peace and thank you for giving Peace. Help us all to share your Peace with everyone, everywhere! Peace be with YOU! Amen