I marvel at the gracious expression of peace. Thank God for showing us many ways to peace, coming from many different kinds of people–like right here, for example. Such a wonderful thing for the gift of peace that is available to us all.
Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Thursday, February 25, 2016
PEACE is Comfort
Another personal definition from the Bethesda Worship Center in Des Plaines. And, another day for me to apologize. There was a malfunction with my digital camera on Sunday. I’d like to express sadness that I have no photos of any of the dear people who were so kind to pose with their personal definitions of PEACE. Thanks to Pastor Chuck for being willing to offer his smart phone as a last-minute replacement camera! (Sadly, my advanced-beginner expertise with social media is showing … in that I couldn’t get the dratted thing to send photos!)
Thankfully, I have the sheets of paper on which these dear people wrote their definitions! So, for the next few days—and definitions—I will be posting the sheets by themselves.
The next personal definition comes from a lady who describes herself as “the shyest person around.” Terri Fields’s view: PEACE is comfort.
Terri was shy and hesitant to speak (at first). However, once I asked her what her idea of peace was, the words came quickly enough. “Peace is comfort,” she said. “That is such an interesting answer,” I responded. “Tell me what that means to you. Why comfort?”
That’s when she told me how shy she was. Now she sings on the worship team in the front of the sanctuary. However, she is still amazed she got up the courage to do such a brave thing. Terri told me that her view of peace means being comfortable; ease and relaxed feelings. Not what she usually feels, at all! When she prays and asks God to help her to be comfortable and relaxed, it is then she feels peaceful.
Dear Lord, thank You for Terri’s view on peace. Please empower other girls and young women to feel comfortable in their own skins. Help me to be understanding and open in listening to others—especially others who are feeling shy and even overwhelmed.
Lord, in Your mercy, hear all of our prayers.
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