Companion of Peace

“I have said this to you, so that in me you may have . In the world you face persecution. But take courage; I have conquered the world!”
—John 16:33 (NRSV)

I think it’s interesting that we see the “persecution” in this translation. Persecution at its base is ill treatment or harassment. We have seen this for many in our world and especially in the US this last year. Maybe you have even felt persecuted in some way or another in this last year or at some point in your .

It’s not a great feeling. In fact it downright feels terrible. It feels pretty disening to see it happen to others as well. I’m betting, like me, over the last year you have ed where the was in our world.

The reality? Our doesn’t come in or from this world. Our comes from . Even when our world is in shambles – our and the that everyone needs comes from . That is why it’s so important to tell everyone about the that can bring and already has brought us. That’s why it’s so important to tell everyone about . What He is doing in your !

That’s right! Yes, can bring us . But we have to that has already brought the . conquered the world. defeated . For us! For you, for me, for our neighbor. We don’t have to be afraid, or disened, or face persecution alone because of what did for us. And this brings .

Take courage. Find in the fact that came so that we might have and have it to the full. So that we might have in the face of some really tough circumstances where we see persecution around us or in our own lives. Take courage. Take . And then that to someone else that needs it just as much! We all need . We all need – especially now.