Peace

Colossians 3:15-17

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Father in heaven, how well you know that my heart is not always at peace. Forgive me, Lord, and fill my heart with a spirit of peace. Thank you for loving me and offering me grace.

Early Morning Light

I love those mornings when I wake before the sun and have time to sit in the dark, watching the light gradually increase. The dim light provides a soft glow in the room, making me even more aware of God’s presence. As I bask in the Lord’s presence, the dark room transforms, slowly turning light gray. More objects are observable. Gradually, the light grows until I can see everything in the room clearly.

When our world seems dark and spinning out of control, perhaps it’s time to sit in a darkened room and wait for the dawn. Wait for the dawning of God’s truth, the dawning of His presence in our souls. Sit quietly. Wait to be aware of His presence. Just as the light slowly transforms the room, let His presence enter your soul, lighting all the dark places. Allow the darkness of fear, regret, and anger lighten in His presence. Allow His light to fill your soul with love and grace.

Let His presence slowly permeate your soul, lighting its darkness.

The Mystery of Christ

My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding in order that they may know that mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Colossians 2:2-3

My prayer for you is that you will learn more and more of the mystery of Christ, and that He will fill you with His wisdom and knowledge.

Healing What Ails You

Earlier this year, I caught a nasty virus, the kind that plays havoc with your digestive system.

Of course, we were out of town when it hit. During our granddaughter’s dance competition, we sat in the balcony watching so many beautiful dancers. While waiting for her solos, it hit hard.

The closest bathroom was upstairs. I had to run up two flights of stairs! Unfortunately, it hit every ten minutes for a couple of hours. I made many hurried flights up those stairs. Luckily, no one else was around, so I had some privacy.

Clearly, my body was trying to get rid of whatever was causing all these problems. Later, at the doctor’s office, I learned that norovirus was the culprit. After some pain pills, bowls of steaming hot soup, and a week of rest, I felt 100% again.

If only it were that simple with the soul. If only we could vomit out all the nasty thoughts and evil desires. If only that would happen without us even having to think about it.

Impure thoughts in? What if the soul would just automatically spit them out?

That would be easy, wouldn’t it?

Unfortunately, we can carry impure thoughts and evil intentions within us that poison our souls and harm those around us.

Unlike a virus, they don’t automatically purge themselves from our souls.

But God, in His infinite wisdom, shows us how to purify our souls.

Prayer and self-reflection begin the process.

Asking God to forgive us cleanses our soul.

Opening the bible and reading God’s word continues the healing.

Just as our bodies get rid of the viruses and germs that cause illness, so our souls have ways of cleansing our sin and spiritual disease. God, our great physician, provides ways for us to draw closer to Him.

Thank you, healing God, for recognizing our sin and spiritual disease. Thank You for providing healing for our spiritual ailments.