A search for serenity

Many years ago, I received a mug that had the serenity prayer written on it. It reads: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. As a teenager, I thought I needed serenity. As a mom of three, now I know I need it. In fact, I had started a blog titled “to the mom of the screaming kid in the car.” Yes, I was writing it to myself as well as other moms out there (the car is a unique torture chamber for parents as we are forced to bear the full brunt of the screams, unable to escape as we are the ones driving the car).

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Serenity is simply defined as being calm or tranquil, but it can actually be both an attribute and a feeling. As an attribute, serenity is the disposition one carries (free from stress). As a feeling it is the absence of that mental stress. But both variants boil down to a perfect synonym: peace.

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

The word for peace is eirene which is “the tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ.” (biblehub.com/greek/1515.htm) It is the same peace spoken about in Philippians 4:7

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

You see, today is the day after. The day following the celebration of the greatest miracle ever performed. The day after Jesus was raised from the dead through the power of the Holy Spirit. The day of is amazing and special and monumental, but the day after was the beginning of the promise. The beginning of life lived with the risen Lord. It was no longer simply prophesies that the people thought they believed. It was the fulfillment of those prophesies that guaranteed that they knew the believed Jesus was the LORD.

John 14 was the beginning of another promise for us: the promise of what was coming. Wishing and blessing friends with peace was common among Jews. Jesus was blessing them with this “peace” in allusion to the typical farewell. He wasn’t simply wishing it for them, but stating a fact that He knew what was coming to take His place on earth. It (again) is that same peace spoken of in Philippians 4.

The peace of God will guard your hearts–that is, the Holy Spirit will be with you and comfort you. Don’t be anxious, rather pray and know that the Holy Spirit is with you and is actively guarding your heart, covering you with peace.

If you are in need of some divine serenity, I urge you to lay your petition down at the foot of the cross–the empty cross. Through the power and sacrifice submitted on that day, your prayers are received directly by God. He hears your cries and offers comfort to you. He loves you and went as far as dying for you to prove it.

May we all continue to grow in the wisdom and knowledge of Jesus that we will be able to accept His offer of serenity each and every day.

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