Sunday, December 4, 2016

Advent - peace

Dear C and G,
I posted a wonderful quote from Spurgeon on my Facebook page after church this morning. It reminded me of the peace I have from knowing who God is. It was lovely.

And then five o'clock came. I needed to get you both a snack, take care of the dog and get us to church for musical practice and a meeting by six. We now live thirty-five to forty minutes from church due to holiday traffic and life in the country. Drivers were annoying. The drive-thru line was long. I had a list of things still to accomplish tonight that should have been done earlier and won't be done till tomorrow. I felt frazzled, the complete opposite of peace.

"Jesus, I need Your peace," I prayed aloud on East Sunshine.

"Amen!" came the five year old voice from the back.

I did not get instant warm fuzzies or better drivers in front of me. I did get a little perspective, but I still sat down in the sanctuary mid-hymn and unkempt.

We had a bunch of things to do still after 7:30. Normally we start our bedtime routine then. At 8:45 I wiped up Taco Bell crumbs, and we lit two candles. Hope from last week, and peace for this week. I grabbed my phone for my Bible app intending to only read Psalm 34:4 because it was the verse I remember posting earlier today. But I read the whole psalm, not knowing for sure if it matched today's Advent theme, but knowing for sure that it is God's Word and that is enough.

We blew out the candles and headed upstairs. Teeth were brushed, and prayers began. And I want you to remember what I prayed for us tonight. I pray that we would know that peace is not a feeling. Peace is knowing that Jesus paid the price for our sins, and because of placing faith in what He has done, we can have peace with God. The world is chaotic. Our plans do not go the way we have ordered them. But Jesus is our peace and we must cling to that.


I will bless the Lord at all times;
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul makes its boast in the Lord;
let the humble hear and be glad.
Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
and let us exalt his name together!

I sought the Lord, and he answered me
and delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to him are radiant,
and their faces shall never be ashamed.
This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him
and saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the Lord encamps
around those who fear him, and delivers them.

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
Oh, fear the Lord, you his saints,
for those who fear him have no lack!
The young lions suffer want and hunger;
but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.

Come, O children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
What man is there who desires life
and loves many days, that he may see good?
Keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from speaking deceit.
Turn away from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it.

The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous
and his ears toward their cry.
The face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
to cut off the memory of them from the earth.
When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears
and delivers them out of all their troubles.
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
and saves the crushed in spirit.

Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
but the Lord delivers him out of them all.
He keeps all his bones;
not one of them is broken.
Affliction will slay the wicked,
and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
The Lord redeems the life of his servants;
none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.

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