My friend, may I ask you a question? Is the peace of God sometimes just waiting, knocking at the door of our heart, waiting to enter and give us relief from all the aches of life? But, are our emotions are barring the door?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
Yesterday, there were more things to do than I normally needed to accomplish in a typical day and I knew it. Things were going along pretty well until one particular task, which included uploading a large file onto the Internet, decided not to cooperate. It wouldn’t upload. In fact, even my Internet browser decided to crash. And, when that happened, something clicked inside my head. That calm, peaceful, reassured attitude that had guided me into the morning was suddenly displaced by impatience, even anger. I mumbled to myself and began telling myself what a rotten day it had become. Instead of moving on, I was stuck in that emotion. It colored everything else and there was no way of getting around it.
Is the peace of God sometimes just waiting, knocking at the door of our heart, waiting to enter and give us relief from all the aches of life? But, are our emotions are barring the door?
Here’s a Story: Rose Kennedy, the mother of the late President, once shared how she came to peace with God after being resentful of Him for giving her a retarded daughter. “I was boiling over with resentment. One of our young maids sensed this.” ‘Please excuse me, Mrs. Kennedy; but I’ve been watching you. I love you very much, and I hate to see this destroy your life. Mrs. Kennedy, you’ll never be happy until you make your heart a manger where the Christ child may be born.’ “I fired her on the spot! (I later rehired her.) But, you have no idea how filled with anger I became. That night my mind bothered me relentlessly, keeping me awake. I couldn’t forget that sweet, little maid’s words. So I knelt beside my bed and prayed, ‘Dear God, make my heart a manger where the Christ child may be born.’ I felt a fresh new divine entry into my life, and there was born in me a passion, a love for retarded children.” (Peter Kennedy)
God asks you and I to have a “pure heart”, (1 Timothy 1:5), one emptied of rancor, anger and discouragement. When we allow our hearts to be filled with these bitter emotions there is little room for the peace of God and the love of Christ. God wants us to move on when our hearts are troubled. The Lord allows many different circumstances to come into our lives. Each one of them is an opportunity to love only as Christ can love. We ought to be thankful for these circumstances since His goal is always to build His love within us; to build a manger where His love can dwell in peace.
We pray. Oh Lord, sometimes my insides feel like a battle zone, where missiles are falling too close to home. Other times I'm caught in an endless storm, with thoughts flying out of control. Confusion reigns, and defeat creeps in to steal my joy. I need your peace—the deep-down-in-your-heart kind that stays with me day and night and speaks confidently into the wind. Calm my anxious spirit, Lord; all the attacking "if-onlys" and "what-ifs" fill me with needless worry. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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