November 26, 2008

Peace

Peace, as defined by the Mirriam-Webster Dictionary can mean many things, but the one I'm pursuing at this moment is "freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions."

It isn't easy to obtain at the moment. As I watch, day by day, the unfolding events in the political world, fear, apprehension, and uncertainty become nagging, little undercurrents, in the process of my thinking, to the point where they become oppressive.

It is not easy to be at peace when one has no confidence in the newly elected leader of our nation. Never have I felt, nor sensed in others, such a sense of foreboding.

I know that no man can offer the peace that passes understanding, so I go to the One Who is able to do that.

Here are some words that offer, to me, a sense of peace. I hope they will mean something to you, too.

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)

And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever. (Isaiah 32:17)

I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety. (Psalms 4:8)

For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee. (Isaiah 54:10)

6 comments:

Lydia said...

Hello Jan,
I love these words from the bible. How uplifting!!!!
Thank you for sharing.
Wishing you a wonderful holiday week on this cold and snowy day.
Lydia

sheoflittlebrain said...

Thank you, Jan. I am struggling with fearful thoughts too, and it helps to read these beautiful passeges. Have a Happy and Peaceful Thanksgiving Day!

Jan said...

Lydia..you're welcome!

Wishing you a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving, too! :)

Jan said...

She..yes, there is comfort in these words, and I am thankful for that.

Wishing you, and your family, a Happy Thanksgiving..and the peace that passes all understanding.

MK said...

Thanks for the post Jan, most uplifting. It's good to get some perspective sometimes. Too easy to get caught up in our problems. In the greater scheme of things, our activities on earth are but petty worries and squabbles.

Jan said...

MK..I'm glad to share these thoughts.

Sometimes, we do allow ourselves to become overwhelmed with the cares of the world, don't we? :)