David, a gifted poet and songwriter, wrote Psalm 29, a short song about the powerful, majestic and thunderous voice of the Lord. Many examples from nature illustrate God’s voice. Imagine listening to the music of this song – loud instruments, drums beating and cymbals clashing, to drive home the point that God’s voice is powerful. Slowly, one by one, the instruments stop playing and all that can be heard is a single strum of a guitar and the singer whispers the final line of the chorus: “God bless you with peace.”
The Lord has a range from thunderstorms to a still small voice that whispers: peace. Jesus told his disciples that He leaves them with peace; it is His peace that He gives. The Lord rules over the floodwaters. The Lord reigns as king forever. The Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace.
Peace be with you. If I try, I can hear the reply from the congregation in the beautiful stained-glass Catholic Church of my youth, “and also with you.” Peace with God comes through His Son. What wonderful joy to be at peace with the reigning King who offers His strength to those who are loyal to Him. When we are at peace with God, we can extend this peace to those around us as well. A heart filled with peace has little room for regret.
P.S. The field stones that once held those vibrant 1916 windows in place were replaced by new brick, and a choir member from my teenage years is now the village priest. Change takes place, and yet peace continues to be extended as the church’s front entrance inscription of “Love one another as I love you” is lived out in community.