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Praying for True Peace

Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Wednesday, December 9, 2015

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Praying for True Peace

Peace. Searching for peace. Why is it so fleeting, especially today? The Prince of Peace. I seek His face, the One who brings peace.

Yes, this is Advent, a time of waiting. A time of longing. A time neither here nor there, a time when I acknowledge the First Coming and await the Second Coming. This is most certainly not a time of peace. This crooked, broken world holds wars, rumors of war, fighting, free-floating anxiety, panic, dread.

Yet, I know the Prince of Peace is much more than that. I know the One who brings peace has overcome the world.

Henri Nouwen says, “Keep your eyes on Him who becomes poor with the poor, weak with the weak. He is the source of all peace.” [1]

In this slim book of Advent readings, there is an Advent Action for each day. The action set for this reading for today is to listen to liturgical music. That particular kind of music “can often help us pray and can even help to overcome the chaos of a tense situation at home or elsewhere.… find and listen to a CD of religious music that expresses the calm serenity of waiting for the Christ child.” [2]

Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for Your gift of peace. Thank You for entering into this sinful world, coming to humanity and offering perfect peace to all who come to You. We praise and honor Your holy name. Amen.

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[1] Advent and Christmas: Wisdom from Henri J. M. Nouwen (Linguori, Missouri: Redemptorist Pastoral Publications, 2004), 22.

[2] Ibid, 23.

Praying God’s Peace

Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Saturday, July 18, 2015

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Praying God’s Peace

Tonight’s chapter in Praying the New Testament as Psalms highlighted peace. Peace expressed in various verses, peace displayed in various ways.

I agreed with many of these modern verses from this modern psalm. The composite verses are true, and worthwhile, and give more information about peace. However, none of them touched me significantly, until I reached the last verse. That one hit home.

“Jesus, You have given Your peace to me,/May I never be troubled or afraid.” [1] This sentiment from John 14 made me think hard. And, take a deep breath. And, ultimately, thank God.

Today was quite a day. I left the house a little after 6 am, drove hundreds of miles, and now am at a conference. Hectic, happy, jumbled, tiring, emotional. That was just to begin with. I’m sure there are more emotions I’m feeling right now, but I haven’t had the time to figure out quite what they are yet. There’s time enough for that tomorrow. Tonight, I’ll concentrate on God’s peace.

Peace. God’s peace. I need God’s peace right now!

Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for Your gift of peace. Even when things are hectic, I so appreciate Your free gift to me. When everything seems jumbled and stress-filled, You promise that I might not be troubled. It’s not any generic, cheap quality of peace that’s coming my way. No, it’s Your peace. Top quality, extra special kind of peace. Your peace.

Thank You, God. I appreciate it, so much.

@chaplaineliza

Like what you read? Disagree? Share your thoughts with your loved ones and continue the conversation.

Why not visit my sister blogs, “the best of” A Year of Being Kind.   @chaplaineliza And, read my sermons from Pastor, Preacher Pray-er .

[1] Praying the New Testament as Psalms, Desmond O’Donnell, OMI, and Maureen Mohen, RSM, (United States of America: ACTA Publications, 2002.), 151.