A Declaration of Peace
Songs influence us in powerful ways. Some get stuck in our heads. Others capture our hearts and shape us forever.
When I was a freshman in college my grandmother passed away. At her memorial service, we sang “It is Well with My Soul.” I had always loved that song, but in that moment, the words brought peace to my grieving soul.
Years later, I heard the third verse for the first time. I found a new freedom in life from the “sin that binds.”
When my first-born cried unable to be comforted, which was more than not for the first many months of his life, I sang that song for both of us. I rocked and sang until peace fell over my anxious soul.
“It is well with my soul. It is well, it is well with my soul.”
Those words became my declaration of peace. Death appeared to have won, but I sang “It is well with my soul.” Sin longed to have its reign over me; I sang “It is well with my soul.” My first-born could not be comforted, and depression weighed upon me, so I sang “It is well with my soul.” Whenever the war waged around or within, I sang my declaration of peace because I knew the peace of Jesus was mine if only I would embrace it.
This week we meditate on peace. Jesus, our God with us, Emmanuel, is the giver of peace. War wages against us within and around. Some days we feel held captive to the angst of death, sin, and suffering. We long to be ransomed. Advent invites us to expect the Prince of Peace to come, so I sing my declaration of peace, “It is well with my soul.”
What peace do you need Him to bring into your life as war wages around or within you?
What is your declaration of peace?
Friends, peace is for me and you.
The Prince of Peace has come. Peace on Earth has come because God is with us. Peace is His gift to us, the kind that makes no sense. Together let’s embrace Jesus and His gift of peace. Let’s expect His victory of peace in the face of death, sin, and suffering. It’s who He is. It’s what He does. It’s who we can be in Him.
“It is well with my soul. It is well. It is well with my soul.”