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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The wolf will live with the lamb, and the leopard will lie down with the young goat; the calf and the young lion will feed together, and a little child will lead them. The cow and the bear will graze. Their young will lie down together, and a lion will eat straw like an ox. A nursing child will play over the snake’s hole; toddlers will reach right over the serpent’s den.

Isaiah 11:6-8

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Many years ago, I had a job as a trade show manager. I got to travel around the country with our booth for different events. One year in San Francisco, we were at a television trade show. I got to meet a lot of celebrities. There was an incident that stuck with me the most. I met the boxing champion Evander Holyfield. He wore a ring with HOLYFIELD in diamonds on one hand and it covered all of his knuckles. His hands were HUGE! Then I saw someone hand him a baby.

The contrast between his size and the baby was vast. He was so strong, so tough, such a fighter, and this tiny baby was so trusting, so fragile, so peaceful. It was beautiful to see his gentle tenderness with this precious child. In that moment I knew that it is, indeed, possible for the leopard to lie down with the young goat; for the cow and the bear to graze together… and that a little child will lead them.

Duana Cisney

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Loving God, thank you for the strength that you give me to live day to day. Thank you, also, for moments that show me my weaknesses so that in those moments I can find myself trusting in you. 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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