"I leave you peace. It is my own peace
I give you. I give you peace in a
different way than the world does. So
don't be troubled. Don't be afraid. You
heard me say to you, 'I am leaving,
but I will come back to you.' If you loved me, then you would be happy
that I am going back to the Father.
Why? The Holy Spirit, our comforter and
counselor, will bring us peace. This
peace is not an absence of difficulties,
an end to all strife, or the cessation of
all disagreements. We know that those
things will not happen in our fallen world as we know it now. However, the
gift of God's presence, the gift of Jesus'
guidance, and the blessing of the Holy
Spirit mean that we can have peace in
our storms, struggles, and fallen world.
God is present within us to guide, strengthen, comfort, lead, inspire,
motivate, bless ... We are not alone as
we face every challenge of life because
God is not only with us, he is within us!
Jesus' return to heaven is not a loss of
peace or his abandonment of us. It is his going away so that he can send us
the gift of the Holy Spirit, who brings
us God's peace.