For many years now, in all of my personal correspondence, I almost always use as my valedictory (farewell words) the closing word, “Peace.” Why?
Like many things in my life, though I may never sit down and write a formal explanation for their use, almost always, there are reasons why I do what I do, often even in the smallest things. The use of the word “peace” is not by accident or because of flippant protocol, rather I do so for the following reasons:
Hope – As Jesus said, because we live on a sinful planet full of sinful people, daily trouble is a guarantee. To one degree or another we will always be faced with various trials, hardships, pains, misunderstandings, confusions, betrayals, letdowns, perplexities, falsities, and turmoil. Just reading this list is enough to push us toward depression. The point is this present out-of-whack world can be a tough place to live. Therefore, we all could use reminders of the perfect hope we have in Jesus to help provide us with a bit of peace in the midst of our daily trials.
My farewell word of “peace” is meant to be a tiny beacon of hope, as a reminder to you and a reminder to me, that things are guaranteed to get better. Therefore, whenever it is read, hopefully, it will not just be glossed over as a mere formality, but rather it might be a spark to ignite joy in remembering we win in the end.
Blessing – Whenever you read the word “peace” at the end of any of my personal writings, I hope you will receive it as a mini-blessing asking for God’s favor, protection, and peace in your life.
Please know I offer it as a quick prayer for the recipient(s) that they (you) would know the peace of Jesus the Prince of Peace. A prayer for you to experience His perfect arms of strength and care wrapping around you in His tight embrace of love. My hope would be this one little word of “peace,” even though it is so quickly passing, would act as a gentle breeze of calmness and joy in the course of the events of your stressed daily life. Therefore, the next time you read this closing of “peace,” please stop, take a breath, and allow this one word blessing to wash over you as you accept the presence and smile of Jesus.
It was Jesus who said in John 14:27, “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.” Jesus also said in John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
By the way… this coming weekend for the second message in our Advent series “Expecting” the topic will be: “Peace.”