Peace is certainly something we can want and pray for in our world. There is much unrest and violence that disrupts the peace of humanity. We can work to settle disputes and discourage violence, but perhaps peace starts closer to home.
Perhaps peace in our world begins with peace in our own lives. We each have places of unrest, and perhaps if we work for peace here, inside our lives, we might be able to know more of God’s peace in the world.
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Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long.
Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and of your steadfast love, for they have been from of old. Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for your goodness’ sake, O Lord!
Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in the way. He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.
All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his decrees.
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Sometimes we like to think, or maybe pretend, that life should be easier. We look around us and cannot figure out why we seem to struggle more than other people. And possibly we cannot understand why we should feel so upset by some of the mistakes we have made.
I believe there is something to this. I think it is our longing for something more than we seem to find in the shopping, working, struggling, celebrating and just goofing off of our lives. I think that the psalmist felt this longing as well. Maybe if we make this longing known to God like the psalmist, God will provide us with some comfort…some peace.
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God, you know my heart and you know my longings; please help me to share them more freely with you and others, so that I might know more of your peace. Amen.next >
Pray for peace…
Accept God’s peace…
Go and be God’s peace in the world.
Andrew Kellner serves as the canon for family and young adult ministries for the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania. He is a student at the General Theological Seminary in New York, New York. Andrew founded City Camp in 2009 to offer an urban camping and mission experience to high school youth groups.
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