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By Jan Knicely
Associate in Ministry, emeritus, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 

Peace and a Quiet Mind


August 26, 2020

As a young girl, I can remember my mom saying, “I have so much to do, I can’t even think!” At the time, that didn’t make much sense to me. However, I can now better understand what she was saying.

She was saying she was under a lot of stress and couldn’t think straight. She wanted peace and a quiet mind. Does that sound familiar to any of us today?

We all want peace of mind in these uncertain days. We all need that peace and quiet… not escaping from our new unprecedented responsibilities and way of life, but finding quiet in the midst of them.

How can we do that? We need quiet time with God and fellowship with other Christians to refresh our courage. Above all, we pray for the peace of God, because when that rules in our hearts, it rules out the stress and worry. Only God’s peace can make our peace what it ought to be. Colossians 3:15 tells us:

“Let the peace of God rule in your hearts and be ye thankful.” We need God’s healing quiet and peace in our hearts to be ready for anything we may face.

Some of today’s troubles will pass, others will stay. Chance and change are all around us. Times are not what they used to be and we have to make the best of it. We can do that with God’s help. When life makes no sense, God’s peace will sustain and direct us. This peace resides in Jesus, our refuge. We must reach out to Him and keep our eyes upon Him!

In spite of the stress of today, we can be thankful for the things of God that never change. God’s love never changes. The commandments of God do not change and the promises of God do not change. They are solid footing for our earthly walk. When all the tumult and the shouting dies, we have this assurance: “They that trust in the Lord shall be steady as Mount Zion, unmoved by any circumstance.” Psalm 125:1 Paraphrased Bible.

Help us to trust in you, dear Lord, and give us peace and quiet minds stayed on you. AMEN


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