When I was a child, one of my favorite toys was a small snow globe. When I shook it, the snowflakes swirled around so much that they nearly hid from view the skier in the middle of the globe. Only when I stopped shaking the globe and held it still so the flakes settled to the bottom could I see the skier clearly.

Today, Paul sheds light on our response in knowing we are God’s delight. He says we have peace through God’s faithfulness given to us through our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus comes to us and stops the swirling that keeps our lives clouded and confused. Our response is peace. We no longer have to be agitated by the lies others have told us or by those we tell ourselves.

This peace not only makes us calm, important as that is, but grants us “access to this grace in which we stand.” We can see the skier! We see ourselves as we truly are.

When I think of the word access, I think of an open road, a formerly blocked highway now open for traffic. God’s peace opens the way for us to move past the lies and into the truth, the truth that God delights in us. God’s peace abides in our hearts. It rises above our understanding (see Philippians 4:7) and surpasses whatever agitation we feel.

The traditional American spiritual says it well: “He’s got the whole world in his hands.” The shaking has stopped, and we can see ourselves as we really are. The noise has subsided, and we can feel God’s peace.

Meditation: Sit quietly and whisper to yourself, “Peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Feel God’s grace.

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Read John 16:12-15

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Lectionary Week
June 10–16, 2019
Scripture Overview

In our society we often privilege intellect and expertise. However, in Proverbs we read that God values wisdom. Wisdom has been present since the beginning, and some early theologians understand this Wisdom to be none other than the Son of God. Part of wisdom is understanding our place in the universe. The psalmist marvels at the vast display of God’s power in the heavens yet also recognizes that humans are a manifestation of God’s glory. The New Testament readings invoke the Trinity as we approach Trinity Sunday. Paul says that we have peace with God through Christ, and we are given the Holy Spirit. In John, Jesus Christ has received everything from the Father, and the Spirit will guide his followers into all truth.

Questions and Suggestions for Reflection

Read Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31. When have you heard God calling out to you?
Read Psalm 8. The author reminds us that our shortcomings are not because we are only human, but because we fall short of our humanity. How do you strive to be more human—a little lower than God?
Read Romans 5:1-5. How do you allow God’s peace to calm you when you feel your life swirling around you?
Read John 16:12-15. To which person of the Trinity do you feel “closest”? How can you develop your relationship with the other two persons?

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