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God’s peace is ever-present and ever-available to us. Take time this day to be still and feel God’s peace around you.

Jesus says: “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give you. I give to you not as the world gives. Don’t be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27)

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Whatever was written in the past was written for our instruction so that we could have hope through endurance and through the encouragement of the scriptures. May the God of endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude toward each other, similar to Christ Jesus’ attitude. That way you can glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ together with one voice.

Romans 15:4-6

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“May the God of endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude toward each other…”

Endurance and encouragement. At first it may seem like they are opposing words because those who are enduring are in need of encouragement, right? Like at an athletic event: the fans encourage the team who is enduring in the match against another team. But maybe there's more to it…

What does it mean if God endures? What is God enduring? Us? Our actions? Our stumbles? I believe the short answer is “yes.” I believe God endures out of pure love for us and that God’s love is enduring, no matter what. I believe that love is meant to encourage us to treat others with the same attitude of endurance and encouragement. I believe that if we look at the world through that lens of love, we too will have the attitude of Jesus.

Duana Cisney

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God of great endurance and encouragement, give me the heart of Jesus so that I may do the work you have for me in this world: encouraging others, loving others, serving others. Amen.

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Go into the world in Peace, to love and serve the Lord.

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Duana Cisney

Duana Cisney has over fifteen years of experience working with youth and families at the church and diocesan levels in the Episcopal Church in North Carolina and Texas. Now back home in North Carolina, she enjoys time with her husband and three grown and growing children, writing, creating, serving, and exploring all that life has to offer.

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