Peace I Leave with You2017-03-22T04:46:18+00:00

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John 14:23-29

Peace I Leave with You

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John 14:23-29

Peace I Leave with You

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Copy of the poem, “The Swing” by Robert Louis Stevenson is available at:
http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/the-swing/

“The Swing” is a poem, written a long ago by Robert Louis Stevenson and it describes the joy of swinging in a swing. It is a lovely poem; let’s read it now. (This activity is optional. See above for a link to the poem.)

Perhaps you have a swing set at your school or a swing in your own backyard. Is the swing tied to the branch of a big tree?

How wonderful to be able to swing, look up through green leaves and see the sky. Sometimes you can pump your legs and swing so high you are able to see far beyond what you can see from the ground. The best part, though, is just swinging. Going back and forth in a swing is a peaceful thing to do.

Most of us like that swinging motion. When you were a baby your parents probably cuddled and rocked you when you were fussy. A rocking movement seems to soothe us.

Before Jesus returned to heaven he said this:“Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you…”(14:27). Jesus spoke often about peace. He said,“Don’t let your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful” (14:27).

Do you ever swing when you feel troubled or upset? Do you cuddle and rock with your dad or mom when you are hurt or angry? It is sometimes helpful as a way to make you feel calmer.

Jesus offers us yet another option: pray and think about his words. He is a God of Peace. He offers his peace and love to us. He said,“Don’t let your heart be troubled” (14:27). Do not worry. Let his love calm you, soothe you, and bring you peace.

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

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