An Offering from Nancy J: In gratitude, we find peace.

. . . do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  Any the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.  (Philippians 4:6-7)

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(c) Bonnie Oden

Everyone in our bustling modern world seems to be looking for peace.  Perhaps the idea of “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding” (Phil 4:7) appeals to many because they can’t even imagine a feeling of peace, much less the reality of a true peace.  We long for a peace that our fallen world can’t even comprehend.

An unattributed quote made popular on the internet suggests that “peace is seeing a sunset and knowing who to thank.”  That quote may have broad appeal because it implicitly addresses human longings which are so fundamental.  God is knowable.  God gives us good gifts.  God is approachable enough that we can thank him for showing us his love.

This is a good time of year to remind ourselves that God made himself known to us… so we know who to thank.  In that gratitude, we find peace.

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