So many sweet friends have met with despair and darkness in the constant giving and serving of their families. The feeling of failure, or inadequacy or the knowledge that they have made so many mistakes overwhelms them.
I am almost 60 and still, I fail every day. I say things I regret. I mean to be loving and gentle and then instead am foolish, self-centered and harsh. And yet the miracle is, that sweet Jesus takes my heart and heals it and restores it and helps me to understand that righteousness and maturity and perfection will never ever be mine in this world. And more, to stay in the depths of despair because of my fleshly failures is a waste of time.
He, the one who shows His glory daily, and sacrificed all because He knew I , (and you), were doomed to drown in our sin if He had not saved us.
What compassion. What love, What gentleness and generosity.
And so He wants me to see His heart and willingness to give all that I might be healed.
And so, timidly, humbly, with sincerity of heart I come to him and beg Him to show me how to live more truly and more really resting in His love and redemption as a child who pleases Him from my heart.
Dwight L. Moody
Peace comes when there is no cloud between us and God. Peace is the consequence of forgiveness, God's removal of that which obscures His face and so breaks union with Him. The happy sequence culminating in fellowship with God is penitence, pardon, and peace - the first we offer, the second we accept, and the third we inherit.
May the peace of the Lord be yours and may you rest in Him now.