Holy Week Devotion | Tia Blasi & Nina Hefner
PEACE, PERSPECTIVE, AND PURPOSE
13 But now in Christ Jesus, you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility
Peace is not the absence of pain, it is the presence of God.
Even in the midst of the order to pause as a nation, we can agree the world is not a “peaceful” place. If you are like us, you thought the definition of peace was literally not being at school (haha). Yet here we are, many still experiencing the absence of peace. We have been burdened for our students, the well-being of families and friends, and the state of our nation as a whole. If based on the circumstances around us, “peace” would not be attainable. However, we have been convicted to view peace, not as the absence of pain, discomfort, or even suffering; but as the presence of God. Ephesians 2:13-14 explains that “He Himself is our peace,” our assurance of salvation. Because of the death and resurrection of Christ, we have access to a relationship with the God of Peace, regardless of the turbulence of the world around us (Col 1:19-20, Rom 5:1-2).
Understanding that peace is not a feeling or circumstance gives us the perspective to walk with purpose in these quarantimes.
We do not seek to negate the range of trauma or anxieties this situation could trigger but want to recognize that because of the peace God provides, we are able to move forward with purpose. In true Memphis fashion, educators are experiencing different expectations and roles. Those of us who are tasked with “e-learning” have the opportunity of entering the homes of our students in a new capacity. In some sense, the pressures and distractors of the traditional classroom have been lifted. Well-being and relationships are prioritized over-testing, and we have space for intentionality. With this in mind, our purpose is to be the aroma of Christ, speaking life over our students and their families (2 Cor 2:15-17). Whether it be through video, email, or in prayer for those we cannot reach, we are convicted to respond not with fear, anxiety, or bitterness, but by responding with love, patience, and kindness. We have been convicted to view peace rightly and respond by entering into our new reality with purpose.
Jesus’ resurrection is a timely reminder that He made the way for peace. He has provided our peace and purpose, no matter the season of life we find ourselves in.
Tia Blasi & Nina Hefner, Class of 2019