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Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-8 (NIV) Peace. It’s an illusive thing. Peace in the Middle East has been an ever-present goal for many years. Just when it seems that it might be within grasp, something happens. It often is the same in our lives. Trouble brews at work. No peace. Just as that finally resolves, a...

“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Luke 1:38 One of my favorite books is, Tuesdays with Morrie. The book, published in 1997, chronicles the final days of Morrie Schwartz as he provides some final mentoring advice to Mitch Albom. Albom, a writer for the Detroit Free Press and a contributor to a number of shows on ESPN, was a student of Schwartz while in college. Albom became aware of Schwartz’s grave condition and decided to get in touch with his former mentor. He set up a time every...

“Blessed are the peacemakers. For they shall be called the children of God.” ~Matthew 5:9 It was years ago, but the memory is fresh. With an eager expectancy we navigated our way through the ever-thickening crowd. Muzak overhead. The numbing (or perhaps soothing) roar of conversations all around. There were couples casually cruising. Small bands of teenagers sauntering. Lone mothers briskly darting and doting in and out of shops, with the ever-shortening list of gifts to acquire. One less here. One less there. Getting it done. The blend of aromas from the food court suggested we were getting closer...

I bring you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. Luke 2:10-11 The Gold Standard is, well, the Gold Standard. Being worth your weight in gold would make one quite wealthy (and for once that pesky B.M.I. would be a positive). There’s also owning a boatload of Apple stock or a prime lot of sand in Abu Dhabi or membership in Augusta National; each would signify impressive wealth. Personally having none of the above I can only guess that all...

Philippians 4:7 – And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. We are enamored with the idea of peace. We sing about it. We wish it on others. We use the word as a closing sentiment in our emails and letters. We use phrases about peace in prayers and blessings. So blessed is this “peace” we talk about that Jesus is heralded as its Prince. In the 4th chapter of Philippians, the apostle Paul writes about “the peace of God which transcends all understanding...

For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 I love nativity scenes! We have several sitting out in our house during the Christmas season. We have the Willow Tree nativity, the Precious Moments nativity, even some nativity sets from other countries: one from Haiti, and one from Africa (The Africa set has chickens, a dog, and an elephant in the animal lineup). But as much as I love these...

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. ~Romans 15:13 His wife of 32 years had died after just a two-month illness. He was stunned. How could he go on? She had done everything for him at home. He didn’t even know how to operate the washing machine or the dishwasher. As he tried to cope with the newness of this situation, he walked into a restaurant to eat. The hostess greeted him with a smile and said “Just...

“But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.” Psalm 39:7 I was reading one of those advice columns the other day and it troubled me. A guy wrote in and stated that he was consumed with worry over the future. The economy isn’t great, jobs are scarce, and he just wasn’t sure about the coming days. His final sentence struck a chord with me: “I know I shouldn’t worry so much but I just can’t help it.” Basically the writer had no hope. Sure, through the lens he was...

“…It is only when everything is hopeless that hope begins to be a strength at all…” ~Jeremiah 31:17 I love to garden. When I shop at Pike's I focus on and rescue the nearly dead plants. It's a challenge to resuscitate flowers or to grow things from seed and other methods of propagation. But I love to work in all of those ways so that I can salvage life and share these treasures with others. One of my favorite plants is a rosebush that my mother started for me. Her lovely roses got their beginning in my grandmother's yard. My dad's...