It seems that all over the world, one thing is in short supply. It is almost impossible to find it whether you look north, south, east or west and it seems to be lacking in every culture, every town and even in places of worship.

I was speaking with a Chaplain and he said it is lacking even in hospitals and at times of serious illness. The one thing lacking is peace.

Let me tell you a true story about peace and where I found it in a strikingly simple way.

He was bringing a huge freight train to the station some distance away and asked could we meet him there. It was unusual for him to come to this place and his arrival time was quite uncertain but we were thrilled to have the opportunity to see him. He gave us an educated guess at his time of arrival and we timed our journey to it.

By some stroke of good fortune, he brought his train in much earlier than expected so he sat on an outside seat waiting for us. He was totally at peace, not at all anxious at the wait, and took the opportunity to speak to anyone who happened to join him for a while.

One thing he did do while he was waiting, and that was to watch for our arrival. He kept one eye on the road to see us when we drove in even while he engaged himself with whatever was at hand to do. He was ready for us all the time.

When we arrived, we apologized that he had had to wait so long.

"Not to worry," was his colloquial reply, "I wasn't at all worried. I knew you would come so I just enjoyed the waiting time."

His words took my breath away -- "I knew you could come."

His peace was in the knowing that we would come and Jesus gave the same assurance.

He said when he as going away for a time, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you...You have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." (John 14:27,28).

Peace is in the knowing and the assurance is written for our knowing in John 14:27,28.

Elizabeth Price