Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. — John 14:27

On either side of the river [of the water of life] is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. — Revelation 22:2

This coming Sunday is our observance of Rogation. Rogation is the Church’s observance of praying to God for the sake of the world, particularly for the natural world. Whenever we pray, we can be confident and know that God hears our cries. We know that when God hears our requests, God acts upon them.

To be clear, I did not say, “Jesus does as we ask,” rather than he acts upon the request. Sometimes, Jesus DOES cause our request to unfold in the ways we wish it would happen, but there are times when Jesus does something else. These can be very frustrating times since we sometimes see things happening which we specifically asked to not happen.

When this happens, we should remember that when Jesus gives, he doesn’t give as the world gives. While the world gives for the short term, Jesus is giving based on a much longer time scale. Jesus gives us peace because, in the End, all will be well. The Tree of Life has leaves that will heal all of the nations and peoples so we know that even if the healing we seek does not happen today, it is guaranteed to happen soon. Whenever we pray, we are asking Jesus to bring a glimpse of our future into our present reality.

God continue to be with you!
Yours in Christ, Pastor Paul+