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The Fruit of the Spirit is . . . Peace
There are times like this past week, when I realize just how OLD 50 really is. I asked my facebook friends to tell me their favorite war protest song. Shockingly (to me at least), some had no idea what I was talking about. I grew up in the 60’s when everyone knew some war protest songs: “Blowin’ in the Wind”, “War” (What is it Good For?), “The Times They are a Changin'”, “If I Had a Hammer”, and the Woodstock classic, “I Feel Like I’m Fixin’ to Die Rag.” Of course my son Jeremy came up with my personal all time favorite, Buffalo Springfield’s, “For What it’s Worth.” (It’s good to see all my fatherly training paying off.)
Norman Farr (who has surpassed me in age and spiritual depth) listed one I would never have considered. However, on reflection, perhaps it should be the number one war protest song in Christian hearts.
Peace, perfect peace, in this dark world of sin?
The blood of Jesus whispers peace within.
Peace, perfect peace, by thronging duties pressed?
To do the will of Jesus–this is rest.
Peace, perfect peace, with sorrows surging round?
On Jesus’ bosom naught but calm is found.
Peace, perfect peace, with loved ones far away?
In Jesus’ keeping we are safe, and they.
Peace, perfect peace, our future all unknown?
Jesus we know, and He is on the throne.
Maybe we could have just sung the song and skipped the sermon this morning. Jesus is on the throne. Amen.