A heart at peace gives life to the body, Proverbs 14:30 NIV
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7 ESV
The shadow shimmers across the floor as the leaves outside dance in the wind. The sunlight ebbs and flows between the branches sparkling through my window. The evening air is cooling down and invites me outside where flames flicker and rise as the wood crackles, the smoke swirls and the warmth radiates from the fire pit. The invitation has been accepted as I warm my hands, close my eyes, and imagine that I am at the beach. I look forward to the next encounter on the Oregon coast. Until then, I am thankful for the simpler things right at my own home. The fire pit was a birthday present and the wood that I burned, was chopped and stacked by my late father in love. He would be thrilled to know that I am using it. He knew how much I loved building fires.
Yes, there have been very many difficult moments and days for various reasons during this pandemic, but I have tried to focus on something positive each day. For example, the days that I choose to slow down, take in a deep breath, pause, look around, and thank God for the beautiful things I see, I am suddenly filled with peace and joy. It is because I see my Creator in His creation; such as the deep pink rhododendrons blooming outside my window popping out in front of the bright green maple tree. This peaceful beauty symbolizes to me God’s loving-kindness. Blossoms burst forth and so shall my gratitude.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for your promises of peace when we seek you. There are many who need to hear your word. Help us to see ways to share your love and peace with others. Perhaps, we can send a note of encouragement today with Romans 15:13, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Thank you, Lord. In Jesus’ name. Amen