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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Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus direct our way to you. And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you. And may he so strengthen your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.
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When we hear that we are to love each other, we think about friends and family members. We might think about those people that really get on our nerves, praying that God helps us to love even them.
But what if loving each other was really more about just being present to each other? I think that maybe loving each other means that we get to know each other. I think that if I love someone they should know something about me and I should know something about them. Loving someone means that we share with them our hopes, dreams, and even our fears. I think that loving each other is more than being nice, it is building a community. It is providing peace.
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God help me to know myself and find the courage to share it with others. Help them to share back with me. Help us to be peace for each other. 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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