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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God, give your judgments to the king. Give your righteousness to the king’s son. Let him judge your people with righteousness and your poor ones with justice. Let the mountains bring peace to the people; let the hills bring righteousness. Let the king bring justice to people who are poor; let him save the children of those who are needy, but let him crush oppressors! Let the king live as long as the sun, as long as the moon, generation to generation. Let him fall like rain upon fresh-cut grass, like showers that water the earth.

Psalm 72:1-6

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God’s natural creation is there for us to enjoy: to sit in, to be with, to soak up. There is so much vying for our attention today, that we miss a lot of the beautiful events in nature that take place every single day.

For the past 10 years, I have accompanied a group of youth and adults on a mission trip to the mountains of North Carolina. Our “home base” is a rustic camp that has been built by volunteers, missioners, and seekers. “The Ridge,” as we affectionally call it, has been saturated with sweat, tears, joys, play, laughter, and prayers. We practice disconnecting from the world (especially electronically) and connecting with each other, with creation, with God. We arrive, we unpack, we exhale.

Life can be overwhelming at times; it can be hard. In those times, it is good to disconnect, to step back, to go outside, to allow God’s goodness to fall on us like rain on the fresh-cut grass.

Duana Cisney

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Most loving God, I thank you today for your creation. For the rain that waters the earth, for the great mountains that bring peace, for the sun and the moon, and for the beauty of this day. 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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