Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace.
…grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
“…be found…at peace.” That is really what I long for. Certainly for the world, for Baltimore, for parents opting their children out, for seekers of equality on every front and for all those striving to change things for the better – in their struggles I wish them peace.
One would think peace might be a reward of retirement. You know, when you step away from the daily responsibilities of one’s 9-5, and you get to not be concerned about the details because there are those left behind who will carry on.
That is until you visit. Someone you know lets you in but everyone else has a security clearance; the free coffee meant to offer hospitality is now a vending machine and no one lingers; organic elbow-rubbing and iron sharpening has proudly been phased out in favor of efficient and repeatable processed packaging. While your heart breaks – your peace goes out the window. In fact my reaction is to want to throw something through the window!
This happened to me yesterday. Unexpectedly I was called to visit. I have worked hard to extricate myself from the old job. I know the venture is changing. I retired because I could not “peacefully” contribute at that level. I guess I’m having a very difficult time extricating myself from the dream. I am always surprised when it’s missing. (There’s a lot I could learn from Bob on how to do this.)
I think Peter might be saying, since you’re waiting for these (the day of God, the new heaven and new earth where righteousness dwells), retirement is not an option. Diligence is a working word and my job description includes tending to peace within my own soul. I’m thinking the textbook on learning this is found in …grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
“Lord, thank you that yesterday I did not have a rock handy – that was your grace. Thank you that my husband is a gracious listener… even to angry words. Thank you that You have given me meaningful work even though it may now look differently from before. Today, teach me about having peace within and how that will bring You glory. Amen”