“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.” 2 Thessalonians 3:16

The dreaded early morning phone call. When the shrill ringing wakes you before 5am in Canada, chances are it has to be a call from the family back in the U.K., and it probably isn’t good news.

Last week I had to say goodbye to my beloved grandmother, my Nanny. She was elderly and in hospital, but it was still unexpected to say the least.

 

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It wasn’t quite right, speaking into a telephone for the last time to a precious lady who has always been there for me. I had to shove the myriad of memories to one side as we uttered feeble, broken-hearted words on speakerphone amidst a hospital room full of family members in England. It was probably the saddest moment of my life.

And yet, even in the deepest sorrow, I had peace. Not a fluffy, emotional feeling; it was deep-rooted, unshakable, comforting, all-encompassing. The peace only found in a God who loves lavishly and is completely sovereign. A perfect peace.

John 14:27 says, “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.”

 

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We all strive for peace in our lives- in our relationships, in our families, in the world… we crave it, we need it, we spend years seeking it out in a plethora of places, we’re tormented without it- when all along God offers it. Perfect peace “at all times and in every way”.

A bubble of joy wells within me today as I picture Nanny  in eternity with her Lord and with the love of her life, my granddad. I think about my gentle, quiet grandmother with a fierce love for family, worshipping the Lord of Peace… maybe even playing “Red Sails in the Sunset” for Him on a heavenly piano…

 

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I know the grief will hit me afresh when I see my sisters, my parents, Nanny’s home full of her treasures, but I take delight in the fact that God’s comfort and peace is not here merely for a season…

“What heights of love, what depths of peace

When fears are stilled, when strivings cease

My Comforter, my All in All,

Here in the love of Christ I stand”

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