2013-07-30 / Church

Today’s Meditation

Peace At Last
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Read Psalm 37:1-11

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.

- Colossians 3:15 (NRSV)

I have never been patient. Even in childhood, I met any situation I didn’t like with quick anger; this only grew worse as I aged. I lost jobs, friends, and girlfriends because of my anger. When a health condition forced me to stop working, my anger increased. I felt trapped, frustrated with myself, and helpless, yet I did not know how to change. Then one day I met a young pastor who, unlike most everyone else I knew, did not flinch and leave when I became angry. Instead he told me gently, “I can help you cool the anger that is burning you alive.” Amazed and intrigued, I was willing to listen to this calm voice. He took me to a Bible study group at his church. The people accepted me and truly cared about me. As I studied scripture regularly I began to feel at peace for the first time. This was the life I wanted; from that day on, I have been able to better control my anger, though it is an ongoing process. I have not looked back. After years of anger, I finally found peace through studying the words of scripture with a group of people who love me as I am.

Mark A. Carter

(Texas, USA)

Thought for the Day: God’s peace is priceless.

Prayer: Dear God, always let the words of your love be stronger than our hate. Amen.

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