Posted on by Ann Rowan

First Presbyterian Church is part of the "Cathedral District" in downtown Jacksonville, FL. We collaborate to represent Christ and to service our community and beyond. The following is an article by Rev. Dr. M. Scott Luckey for the Resident Newspaper on the topic of "Peace."

By Rev. Michael "Scott" Luckey: PEACE- There is a famous painting of a stormy sea, dark clouds, large waves and fierce lightning. In the middle of the scene is a large rock with waves crashing against it, and in the middle of the rock is a small cleft. A closer look inside the cleft reveals a grassy patch surrounded by beautiful flowers. And there in the middle of the flowers, amid the violent storm, is a dove sitting calmly on her nest! Most people long for the peace represented by that dove. But peace seems elusive in a world that is anything but serene, especially in this Covid-19 season. Jesus once said to His disciples: “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” (John 14:27). Let us learn from the dove in the painting, sitting calmly on her nest as the storm raged. Better yet, let us learn from Jesus and receive His peace. Because of His atoning death on the cross for sinners, we can experience peace with God through faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1). We can also experience abiding peace in an unsettled world as we keep our minds fixed on the Lord (Isaiah 26:3). Amid the storms of life, may His peace be yours. Shalom!

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