Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:26
A few days ago I started this series on hymns and suggested you contact me with hymns that had touched your life in some way. I immediately received an email from a very dear friend of mine that witnessed her father dealing with serious illness while singing “Peace, Peace Wonderful Peace …” but she didn’t know much more of the song. It’s probably new to many others as well.
“Peace, Peace, Wonderful Peace” was written by Warren D. Cornell in 1889 and the music was added by W. George Cooper. The hymn was first introduced at a Methodist camp meeting near West Bend, Wisconsin. And while it is seldom sung today, its message of peace is one that we so desperately need today.
When we turn on the TV news and witness what is happening in the world around us and in the lives of those we love, it’s easy to see that people need the peace that only God can offer. As the chorus promises “Peace, peace, wonderful peace, coming down from the Father above. Sweep over my spirit forever, I pray, in fathomless billows of love.”
We live in a world that is cursed by sin. Because of that, everyone will face various trials and tribulations in life. It might be sickness, the loss of loved ones, financial difficulties, family problems, accidents, job insecurity, approaching death, and, for those who are still outside of Christ’s family, the guilt of sin. Christians suffer many of these same heartaches and sorrows because the Lord has never promised to take all our problems away.
However, everyone, saint and sinner alike, needs to know that if we submit ourselves to the Lord, we can find in Him “Peace, Peace, Wonderful Peace.” No matter what you’re going through, no matter what challenges you face, God’s peace will sustain you and give you joy.
To listen to Wonderful Peace click here: http://youtu.be/547e7uoNPcw