The Peace of Christ

March 10, 2013

Today’s Reflection

SOMETIMES WE DO NOT CALL OUT IN BOLD FAITH like Bartimaeus [in Mark 4:35-39]; we scream (at least inwardly) in panic. When threatening, out-of-control events roar around us and the world rocks under our feet, we cry out in fear and outrage: “God, my life is going to pieces! Don’t you care? Are you sleeping?” . . .

When fear begins to overwhelm us, we can think of the living Christ, whose heart and voice are God’s heart and voice, speaking to us inwardly:

I am here. I will not leave you. Hold onto me. You are safe with me. Breathe slowly. Breathe deeply. My healing breath of life is flowing into you. Take my peace into your body. Take my peace into your heart.

- Flora Slosson Wuellner
Miracle: When Christ Touches Our Deepest Need

From pages 31, 34 of Miracle: When Christ Touches Our Deepest Need by Flora Slosson Wuellner. Copyright © 2008 by Flora Slosson Wuellner. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Is there a time when you have particularly needed the peace of Christ? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly, bring out a robe–the best one–and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!’ And they began to celebrate.

Luke 15:22-24, NRSV

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Mary Ng Shwu Ling March 10, 2013 at 1:36 am

Father God, I pray for those who are too busy to pray. At times when we are too busy, help us to put prayer as first priority cause it is when we commit the day into your hands, then everything will flow smoothly because you are in control.

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Jill March 10, 2013 at 4:37 am

When I have spoken too quickly, too harshly – there is great dis-ease in my heart. Upon realization and repentance – the peace comes like a river.

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Joan March 10, 2013 at 7:03 am

I’ve needed it in extraordinary times and felt God’s presence. I ask for it today and in the dailyness of life too. God, help me to open my heart to your peace and step away from the things that are drawing me away from you. Amen

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Holli March 10, 2013 at 7:19 pm

I need His peace right now. I have a medical test coming up and it is frightening to me. I am praying that He will help me to capture all the fear and negative thoughts so that I can let the spirit of power He gave me shine through.

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sharron March 10, 2013 at 9:02 pm

I would really like to get this every day Is that possible

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sharron March 10, 2013 at 9:12 pm

Pleasesend this to me daily It means so much to me

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robert moeller March 11, 2013 at 3:57 am

Sharron, you can subscribe and receive this every day.

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robert moeller March 11, 2013 at 4:04 am

Yes, there were times when I felt I needed God more urgently than others but the best awareness is that you need God every single moment of every single day, without God true life does not occur.

Lord keep those too busy to pray in our hearts even if next week we focus our prayers on another topic. Once God is in your heart, you will find time to be with God. It can take different formats and be at different times that your usual quite time, but God tugs at your heart and you feel the need to respond. Lord thank you for always being there so we can always reach you. Amen.

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