Colossians 3:15: “And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.”

If God’s peace is like a river, I want that river to take me wherever it leads, and in peace go wherever the Lord sends us.

Here is an aspect of God’s peace:  We are called to live in peace with God’s children.  Christ’s body is not supposed to be divided in hatred and strife; Christ’s body is called to live in peace with each other, that is to say – despite the differences.

Actually, if it makes sense to not put God in a box, neither do God’s children belong in one.  Let’s rather celebrate our differences instead of getting angry about them.  This is a good rule that can be applied to any situation where we have different outlooks on life.  How about different political opinions? Praise the Lord for a wide variety of viewpoints!  How boring would the world be if we agreed on everything?  Praise the Lord for open-mindedness!  Could you imagine where we would be without curious and exploring people who question the status quo?  Let’s be thankful for those questions, thankful for conflict arising out of these questions and thankful to God who guides us through the mystery and gives us peace in the midst of the unknown.

“Dear Jesus, You are the Prince of Peace.  Let Your peace settle in our hearts and minds as we learn to love one another despite our differences.  I love You.”

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