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Advent 2012: Keeping the Peace
Today we reflect on keeping peace.
Luke 2:21-40: Jesus Presented at the Temple.
Poetic Reading: "The God-Wrestler"; "While Bethlehem Sleeps" (Old Simeon...); re-read "While Bethlehem Sleeps" (Anna...)
Family Reading: Bartholomew’s Passage –Week Two: Friday
How do we keep peace, especially on days like today? I dedicate this post to the victims and their families in Newtown, Connecticut. May these words give you immeasurable peace.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.