Pause

Peace, even just a few moments of being truly at ease, seems very, very hard to come by sometimes. There are just too many options for doing something "right now!" Slowing down becomes a luxury.

So...what to do? How to be? What next?

Peace, just a few moments of being truly at ease, could be there for you now, in a few moments within the heartbeat of God.

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Listen

I will sing of your steadfast love, O Lord, forever; with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations.

I declare that your steadfast love is established forever; your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens.

You said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one, I have sworn to my servant David:

‘I will establish your descendants forever, and build your throne for all generations.’”

Psalm 89:1-4

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Think

We like conflict. Reality shows, cable news, decade-long wars, and professional sports underscore that fact again and again. After all, everyone needs a bogeyman. We cheer and holler against the opposing side until we're hoarse with belligerence. But what if we had that same excitement about peace?

Some things are worth singing about: Steadfast, unwavering love. Love that doesn't break or change or morph or tarnish. Love that forgives and heals and establishes. Love that welcomes and engages and embraces and values and knows. Love that extends beyond the boundaries of time and defines our Savior. That is the kind of love that is worth sharing. That is the kind of love that births a lasting peace. That is the kind of love worth fighting for.

John Woods

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Pray

Holy God, who is the only one worth worshipping, may I sing with boldness and without shame about your love and faithfulness, so that the whole world will hear that song of good news that you are teaching me to sing. Amen.

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Go

Go in peace
With Christ now at your side.
Go with a sense of ease
That only Christ provides.
Go to share the calm within.
Peace.
Peace again.

John Woods

John Woods is pastor of music and worship at Northside Baptist Church in Victoria, Texas, where he provides leadership to the areas of music, the arts, worship, and liturgy. When there’s time, John likes cluttering up his Mac, reading Dan Brown, listening to “This American Life,” traveling with his wife Lindsay and son Hudson, and exploring the intersections of music, faith, liturgy, and community.

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