Peace Beyond Our Expectations

Helen Brownson

READ : Acts 16:11-15

On Tuesday morning before Easter I was in my bedroom reading the book of Philippians. I paused to meditate on 4:4-7 (nrsv) :


Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

After praying I went to the kitchen to prepare breakfast. At the same time my husband Bill went to our handicapped 24-year-old son’s bedroom to awaken him for work. In a moment he called me. “I think Billy is dead,” he whispered. Our son, brain-damaged at age seven by encephalitis, had apparently entered heaven while sleeping. As I entered his room, the verses above echoed in my heart. I felt a unique and wonderful peace come over me. God seemed to say, “This is all right.” My aching, mother heart was comforted when I needed it most.

Now you can see why Philippians is a favorite of mine. The verses in Acts explain how God led Paul to establish the first church in Philippi, a city in Greece. A group of women gathered for prayer and the Lord opened hearts to Paul’s message.

PRAYER

Lord, use your Word to bless and strengthen us during this month.