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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How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.” Listen! Your sentinels lift up their voices, together they sing for joy; for in plain sight they see the return of the Lord to Zion. Break forth together into singing, you ruins of Jerusalem; for the Lord has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem.
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When God broke into our humanity, in the person of Jesus Christ, everything changed. I think one of the most important changes was how we see ourselves. We saw in a real and tangible way that God chooses to work through the flesh and blood of humanity.
Today, it is important for us to remember that God still works through humanity and that God longs to work in and through each of us. Our lives can proclaim peace loudly. Our lives can bring good news and proclaim salvation to each person in times of hurt and brokenness. You do not have to look in a manger to have Christ today, for Christ longs to be found in every human being.
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God, help me to seek and find Christ in others; help me to seek and find Christ in myself. May my life proclaim your peace and salvation. 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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