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Welcome, and greetings church family,
A ritual I have developed is watching the news and sports daily. I like to know what is happening in the country, and of course around the world. There is a lot going on (economic hardship, war, uprising against government, fighting for human rights, world sports and many more) and we can be thankful that God is control of the universe. A statement that I often hear is we need “peace,” or will there ever be “peace” in the world?
Our Lord Jesus said, “Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)
Peace isn’t just something God gives… He IS peace. He IS the God of peace. (Eph2:14). Experiencing the peace of God is a beautiful gift. If you consistently seek God, you will experience God’s peace.
“Don't worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart. And God's peace, which is far beyond human understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with Christ Jesus.”(Philippians 4:6-7).
Here is a Prayer of Peace by Francis of Assisi (1182 – 1226)
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Mercy, love, and peace be yours in abundance
Rev Enosa Auva’a
Author: Rev Enosa Auva'a
Date Published: November 2022