Prayer, not place, brings peace

Growing up right next to a lake, I loved taking my family’s rowboat out on summer mornings. One day years ago, I rowed out to a big island in the middle of the lake. I pulled the boat up onto the shore and walked along a path leading to a clearing in some tall pines and found a log to sit on. I sat there for quite a while, taking in the deep quietness of the place and the wonderful sense of peace and closeness to God that I felt there.

Many of us, consciously or unconsciously, are looking for peace in our lives. But is it possible to find it without going to some secluded place?

Christ Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you” (John 14:27). The peace he was talking about doesn’t have anything to do with a physical place. In fact, it is a peace that we can find through prayer, wherever we go, because it comes from God. 

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The choice to love
August 10, 2015

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