From the unfolding story of Jesus’ resurrection: “When it was evening on that day, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked in fear, Jesus came and stood among them, saying, ‘Peace be with you.’ After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you.'” (John 20:19-21, adapted).

What kind of peace is this – that passes understanding?
the peace of not-knowing and trusting,
the peace of failing and leading,
the peace of losing and holding on,
the peace of grieving and loving.
When fragile peace seems out of reach to us, O wounded God, reach out to us and take us by the hand.
Alleluia, Amen.


(Reflections in the stunning baptismal font in Salisbury Cathedral, designed by William Pye, and consecrated by Archbishop Rowan Williams in 2008. Photo taken Sept 2012)