Pause

There's bound to come some trouble to your life
But that ain't nothing to be afraid of

There's bound to come some trouble to your life
But that ain't no reason to fear

I know there's bound to come some trouble to your life
But reach out to Jesus, hold on tight

He's been there before and He knows what it's like
You'll find He's there

from Rich Mullins, “Bound to Come Some Trouble”

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“Happy are people who make peace, because they will be called God’s children.”

Matthew 5:9

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Think

At the birth of Jesus the angels sang of peace on earth. Thus the story of Jesus began with a promise of peace, but the promise of God’s peace began long before Jesus. The Hebrew prophets spoke of peace as Shalom, a concept that encompassed more than the absence of strife between people. Shalom is a total wholeness, well-being, and joy that is the essence of God’s preference for human beings and society.

When we think of a peacemaker we tend to think of a mediator – someone who has the ability to enter a conflict and help the warring parties find common ground. Indeed, this is one important peacemaking role. But we must think of our roles as peacemakers in broader terms. You are a peacemaker whenever you are working for shalom. Anytime that you are working to make the world right, to bring wholeness, well-being, and joy to one person or a group of people, you are being a peacemaker, striving with God for peace on earth.

Amy Bost Henegar

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Pray

Eternal God, you are the one who brings peace. I lay my burdens before you today and ask that your peace will guard my heart and my mind in Christ Jesus. Give me peace that I may join in the peacemaking work you are doing in the world. In Jesus name I pray today, amen.

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Go

Go, and know that the Lord goes with you:
let God lead you each day into the quiet place of your heart,
and speak with you;
know that the Lord loves you and watches over you -
that God listens to you in gentle understanding,
and is with you always,
wherever you are and however you may feel:
and may the blessing of God be yours for ever.

Adapted from anonymous prayer in All Will Be Well, ed. Lyn Klug

Amy Bost Henegar

Amy Bost Henegar is the Minister for Spiritual Formation and Family Life at the Manhattan Church of Christ in New York City. She is a native of Southern California and one of the leaders of the Women in Ministry Network, bringing together women ministers in the Churches of Christ for support and friendship. She lives just outside of NYC with her husband Matt and their five kids.

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