The peace of Messiah

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

And let the peace of Messiah rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Messiah dwell in your richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:12-15

Dear friends,

I’ve been reflecting a lot this week on the idea of God’s perfect peace. How is it that everything around us can be chaos and beyond our understanding, but we can find this perfect peace surrounds us? We see it here in Colossians as we walk with the Lord, seeking His face, reading and sharing His Word, worshipping together, walking in love, and being thankful. But it also says we must let His peace rule in our hearts. We won’t find the peace of God in this world. It is only through Him, through these times of worship and seeking Him. In taking quiet moments in prayer and listening to His voice.

That’s why we’re thankful for all of you who continue to pray each day for us and for these children in our care. We know so many of the victories that we experience are because of your intercession for us and with us.

We have been praying for His peace to surround all of us this week as the eleven families from Iraq have lost hope after hope due to canceled flights and no visible way to return home in the close future. Even though we know and trust that God is working a way for them, it can be difficult for them to see it. Please pray with us that we can share the light and the hope that we have found in our Savior.

Please pray that we can continue to forgive as Jesus did. Please pray that we can put on love, above all things, which is what will continue to bind us together in this difficult time. And please pray for the Lord to open up a new way for these families to return home to their loved ones.

We’ve also been seeking His peace for Deema and her family in Gaza this week. Last week Deema came to one of our hospitals in hopes of receiving a surgery that she very much needed. Even our nurse Colin was surprised to see how blue this precious girl was as she arrived:

However, the next day we got a call from the hospital saying they don’t see a way that they can safely perform any intervention on her. This was very difficult news to give the family, so we began inquiring at other hospitals in order to be sure before sending Deema back to Gaza. After several days staying with us, and a second opinion from an echo done at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, it was confirmed there was nothing further that could be done:

And yesterday, Deema returned home to Gaza. We want to pray for this beautiful family, and especially for Deema and her grandfather as they had a very meaningful time with us here. Please pray for the seeds that were planted to grow and flourish, even as they reflect on the time spent here. Please also pray for Deema and her family to find God’s comfort and His peace surrounding them during this difficult time.

We also continue to pray for all the other children from Gaza. On Sunday we received another urgent child named Qusai. He is only one month old and waiting for his surgery at Hadassah:

He is a sweet little boy. Please pray for him and his mother as they wait during this time. Also we ask for the Lord to give wisdom to the doctors as they look at the best plan for him based on several complications in his heart.

Every week there are more children coming out emergently. Even now we are looking for a way to bring two more newborns into Israel for their life-saving surgeries, one before the Shabbat tomorrow and the other on Sunday. We know it’s only by God’s grace that we can continue to pour out everything for these little ones and their families.

May the Lord’s peace rest upon all of us and may His grace abound. Thank you all for continuing in prayer.

Many blessings,

Lindsay for Shevet Achim