Peace of SoulNew Every Morning | February 14, 2021
We experience great benefit in being able to forgive. It releases us from carrying the corrosive effect of anger and bitterness in our own souls, and peace of soul is not an insignificant matter. Forgiveness also empowers us, allowing us to reassert our choice to become whole instead of merely accepting the diminishment of our wounds.
—Marjorie J. Thompson, The Way of Forgiveness Participant’s Book (Companions in Christ Series) (Upper Room Books, 2002)
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Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in all ways. The Lord be with all of you.
—2 Thessalonians 3:16 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Lord, guide me to know and learn from my emotions: my anger, my fears, my grief, my joys, my love. Show me how to master them so that they will not master me.
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I’m very unsure whether I’ve truly forgiven or been forgiven except by God. Very thankful for that.
These words shout of the page ( or screen) at me…the sadness of my mom’s bitter life. No, indeed – that unimaginable PEACE is not an insignificant matter. Thank You, Father – that I lavishly feel and exist in this Peace, Your Peace. This makes me think of the verse from 2 Corinthians – “thanks be to God for His unspeakable gift.” This is in reference to the previous verse – speaking of the surpassing grace of God. For me, part of this grace is the imparting of His Peace.
Other than some pain in my teeth, I have not had any other noticeable side effects from the vaccine. A little Tylenol provided relief so I was able to sleep well. This morning it is a mere discomfort.
I spoke with dad this morning and he is a little melancholy. Valentine’s Day was always a holiday where he lavished his love on mom. He said he slept poorly and that he was reminiscing. As has become our Sunday ritual lately, he is coming over to watch some golf.
My area is bracing for a significant storm tomorrow into Tuesday. Makes me think we will have a snow day Tuesday. It has been so cold here – none of the previous snow has melted in yards or uncleared sidewalks. We are anticipating another 8-10 inches – and maybe something else – ice or snow on Thursday. Things may be messy for a while. I have had to adjust my jogging route as part of my usual roundtrip includes sidewalks that are not safe to run on currently. Will enjoy the sunshine and brightness of today.
As I watched church online – it hit me – only a month longer – and then I will be able to go back to church. Definitely something to look forward to.
Megan asked that I be sure to tell you to be very careful tomorrow especially in the morning when you run. I add be careful and hope your teeth stop hurting
I have found this week’s topic on forgiveness so relevant to my past and now my future in that I used to hold on to “wrongs done to me” but now give the wrongs to God and move on to forgiveness. I have no control over the wrongs but I do have control of how I respond. I got to this place of altered attitude after much prayer and learning. I learned that it took several attempts and baby steps to even think of forgiveness, the wrong was too deep/hurtful and others agreed that I had the right to feel as I did. Still, even if I had the right to feel this way, (anger, disappointment), I didn’t like the way I felt. I believe it was God saying to me that there is another way, the way of forgiveness….what I could do with the help of God. Forgiving does not change the wrong to make it right, I leave God to deal with that. Once I had that established in my mind, I worked on forgiveness, and with the help of God, I can say that I have forgiven. I live with a new attitude toward “wrongs” and feel freedom to live a different life.
Our sermon today was on the question, why do bad things happen to good people? Looking to Job, we were reminded that God was with Job in the good and the bad. Looking at my life, yes, God was there, for He never leaves us. He is with me today, and I praise Him for His help and healing.
I lift our UR Family to The Lord for His care. He is the Great Shepherd; we are the sheep of His pastures. May all be safe, especially Julie and Megan, and warm, especially Marcy….May you feel His hand upon your shoulder as He walks beside you, Jill, Robert, Ally, Lou, Rick, all those that come to this site….I do.
Over the last 20 years, I have battled cynicism and hardness. I have allowed old hurts to stay with me. With God’s help, I have overcome some of these and found some peace. Others I still struggle with. My sister tells me I let some of these live rent-free in my head. Dear Lord, help me to let go. Help me to give these to you so I can know Your peace. I’m still using the eye drops and seeing improvement in my vision. Thank You, Lord. David is being VERY careful with movement. We have a call into the Dr. about getting him some PT. I saw improvement in my moms mobility with PT. I haven’t heard anything about the jobs I’ve sent resumes for. I’m believing that the right thing is out there. Rachel is starting to manage being insulin-dependent. She’s struggled with up and down blood sugars, but they are now more stable. Praise God.
Robert, still praying for you and Erich as you work on your relationship. praying for your church as you seek God’s leading and counsel. Jill, praying for you as you deal with vaccine after effects and that they dissipate soon. Lifting up Larry and praying he feels God’s comfort in memories of your mom and in companionship . Julie, prayers continue for your divorce process. Will be lifting up you and Megan and your job search. Praying for your safety. Praying for all in the path of this big storm coming. Praying for safety and warmth. Praying that greater distribution is coming for the vaccine. Thanks be to God for all His provisions. Be blessed.