In last Sunday’s sermon, we heard the story of André Trocmé and his ministry in a little French village during World War 2. During the build-up to the war, and continuing throughout German occupation, Pastor Andy (as we called him) joined the villagers and farmers of his area to receive and protect more than 5,000 Jewish refugees of all ages and backgrounds.
2 Peter 3 examines the all-too-familiar situation of waiting for the Lord to set things right once and for all, yet sensing life as mundane and unknown. In verse 8, Simon Peter writes, “While you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by him at peace.”
This must have been something of a mantra for Magda Trocmé, or Maggie as we will call her tomorrow. A social worker by training and trade, and the wife of Pastor Andy, Maggie displayed amazing resilience in continuing the work at some of the most frightening and seemingly unstable moments in the war. What must it have been like to wait for peace? For refugee families staying in the village to be reunited? For the army to retreat?
In the presence of the unknown, sometimes it helps to make a conscious choice: Today, I will choose to focus on those things I do know. I know Jesus is the Prince of Peace. I know he has come to show me how to live. I know he has died and risen again to set me free. I know he prepares a place for me. I know I am loved by my family, my friends, my church family, and the family of God. I know today I can make a difference – in my life, and in the lives of others - by walking in the way of Christ.