“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;where there is hatred, let me sow love;when there is injury, pardon;where there is doubt, faith;where there is despair, hope;where there is darkness, light;and where there is sadness, joy.Grant that I may not so much seekto be consoled as to console;to be understood, as to understand,to be lovedContinue reading “Peace”
“While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.”― St. Francis of Assisi Lord, it’s so easy to talk about peace, to give it lip service. Teach me to harbor your peace deep within my heart, to speak it, to live it, to share it withContinue reading “Peace”
In a world torn by conflicts and war, people seek peace. Many mourn the lack of peace and grieve over violence. Others question why war exists; hasn’t God has promised peace? When you listen to the news, it seems peace doesn’t exist. Even in our homes, peace seems elusive. Couples bicker and divorce, siblings argueContinue reading “Rivers of 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 gratitudeContinue reading “Peace”
James 3:17-18 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.
Today I venture off the usual broad path through the mowed natural grasslands. I wander onto the narrow, curving paths that transport me into a tree filled shadow land, cool and welcoming. I marvel at the quiet calm, broken only by the sound of my footsteps and intermittent bird calls. The shadows provide a welcomeContinue reading “Safe in His Arms”
In a world torn by conflicts, disease, and war, people seek peace. Even in our homes, peace at times seems elusive. Couples bicker and divorce, siblings argue and fight. The book of Isaiah sheds light on peace: “If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river” (48:18aContinue reading “Rivers of Peace”
After Judas had collected his jingling 30 pieces of silver, a period of darkness and pain descended on Jesus. When he tried to pray in the garden with his closest friends, they all fell asleep, leaving him to struggle alone. The darkness continued, one thing after another. With Judas leading the way, a mob ofContinue reading “His Darkest Hours”