Monday, August 8, 2011

Allowing Peace

Due to some continued strife in my family regarding my aunt's medical condition, I've been unable to spend the time necessary to craft an essay.

But I would like to say that in the flurry of phone calls, texts, and e-mails that I've been sending and receiving regarding this issue with my aunt, the Lord drew my attention to the Greeting of Peace which we always recite in my church on Sundays.

Right after the offering, the minister says "'Let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body, and be thankful.' The peace of the Lord be with you always."

And we in the congregation respond, "And also with you."

You may recall that the verse comes from Colossians 3:15, and its immediate context involves harmony in the congregation of believers.

However, this morning, the Lord drew me back to the first word in that verse, the word "let."

As in, "allow."

Do I let, or allow, the peace of God to rule in my heart? After all, God's peace won't do much good to any of us if we don't allow it to permeate our beings. Both for the benefit of our fellowship of saints, and for ourselves individually.

So as the news today has gotten progressively worse regarding my aunt, I've tried to allow the peace of God to rule in my heart.

Maybe "letting the peace of God rule in your heart" is helpful for you to hear today, too.
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