When you are asked, “how are you?” how do you answer?  Do you respond, “Fine, okay,” etc., etc., as just a pat answer?  Quite a few years ago, I started answering, “It is well with my soul.”  That was my more honest answer.  Because, really, it might not be fine with my circumstances, or I might not be feeling well physically or emotionally, but, despite that, it IS always well with my soul.   

When Jesus was resurrected and came back to stand amongst his disciples, more than a few times he said to them, “Peace be with you.”  The peace he was talking about is from the Hebrew word, Shalom, and means peace, harmony, wholeness, completeness, prosperity, welfare, and tranquility.  When Jesus breathed on them of his Spirit, he breathed on them peace.   That is what makes it well with our soul. 

That we have the peace of God.  That Christ continually breathes his Spirit upon us with all that goodness!    There is a lot of peace from God that we can experience:  Peace be still.  Peace in creation.   Peace of mind.  Peace in heaven and on earth. The Lion lays down with the Lamb. Living at peace with others. Peace guarding your heart. Peace with God. The bond of peace. Peace be to this house. Peace in your going out and in your coming in— especially to Vicar Karla, who has been a pleasure to share ministry with here at St. John’s Norry.  

So, the next time someone asks you, “How are you?” I would challenge you in Christian love to answer, “It is well with my soul.”  Because, if you have Christ, you have everything!  And—the more you say, “It is well with my soul,” indeed the more you will realize it.  Peace will resonate within you and from your spirit.    

With Hope and Confidence in Christ,

Pastor Jerri  ╬