This sweet girl looks to be kissing the dove in her hands. These meek gentle birds have long been a symbol for peace over the centuries and in many different cultures. And a dove with an olive branch in its beak especially symbolizes peace. Noah could finally leave his ark with the dove’s return. There was peace with God in this new beginning on earth.
Today’s verses are a priestly prayer God gave Moses to share with Aaron and his sons for the Israelites. It is the Lord that gives blessing and protection. It is the Lord that gives grace with His very presence, and it is only through His favor that we can experience peace. Mankind has the best chance at establishing peace with one another when first we have made peace with our Maker. This happens through Christ’s sacrifice, made while we were still His enemies (Rom.5:10). Jesus made peace possible with God and it is Jesus that makes peace possible between men.
I so ardently want to see change in our world. The injustices and the divisions make peace seem an impossible goal. And on our own I do not see much hope. But with His face turned our direction, He can give peace. This is not the same peace that the world offers, which frankly can be short-lived and imperfect (John 14:27). His peace calms my heart and my fears. His peace allows me to reach out to those different from myself. “The problem is not skin, it’s sin. The solution is not race, it’s grace.”
Thank you Lord, for being my peace-maker.