Mar. 13, 2016

A Proposal

As a mother, one of the sweetest sights is to see my three sons get along and enjoy one another’s company. I think most mothers would agree that knowing your children love each other helps make letting go of them a lot easier. It’s as if we know that when the time comes for us to leave this earth, our children will carry on together.

Colossians 3:15 teaches, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.” Children of God are called to peace. The only way we are going to get there is to let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts.

Christ’s peace isn’t wimpy. His peace is powerful; yet, it is loving. Christ’s peace isn’t fake. His peace is authentic and real. There is no pretense. There is no instability. Christ’s peace is Rock solid and eternal.

As a grandmother, I find great joy in watching my grandchildren relate to one another. Toby and Cadence have always been close. I think it is mostly due to the fact that they are military children. They depend on one another to remain by each other’s side. They find strength and security in their brotherly/sisterly love.

When my mother-in-law was alive and living in a nursing home, we took both Toby and Cadence to see her. Toby was barely five then and CJ had recently turned two. They wiggled and played at their great grandmother’s bedside. When they became a little too wiggly, I took them out in the hallway providing time for my husband to tell his mother goodnight. Toby took Cadence by the hand leading her down the hallway. He suddenly stopped and said (only in the way he could say it), “Cadnance, I love you and I want to marry you.” I laughed and hugged them both tightly. “You love one another very much, but you cannot get married,” I explained, “you are brother and sister.”  Toby looked up at me very displeased and retorted, “Well, then, we will just stay good friends.”

Wouldn’t it be great if we loved our spiritual brothers and sisters so much that we wanted to form a bond similar to marriage? For better for worse? For richer; for poorer? In sickness and in health? Till death us do part? I believe that is what Christ has in mind for His Church. He wants to see us powerful, but loving. He longs for authenticity and needs us to get real, be real and remain real. He asks us to shed any form of pretense while standing firm – together. Together, forever and always.

We are called to peace. Once we find Him and let Him into our hearts, His peace should fill our minds and rule our actions. Why doesn’t it? That’s simple: because we are not allowing Him to rule. We are depending on someone else to lead us.