December 8, 2017

Scripture Reading: 2 Peter 3:8-15a

Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish; and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation. So also our beloved brother Paul wrote to you according to the wisdom given to him, –2 Peter 3:14-15a

Peace is hard to come by these days. I fluctuate between watching the news and not watching the news,  which is most often not a source of peace. Seasoning network news with PBS is helpful particularly when they complement one another.  I also read at three newspapers most days again looking for consistency.  If nothing else, all that news is a great source of fodder for prayers.

Turning to God, the Steadfast is the source of peace. Writing these devotions, whether they are good for anyone else or not, are good for me. They expand my vision and for a brief moment guide me to seek a view of the world through the eyes of God. Examining my thoughts, actions, and attitudes before God each day allows God to remold me and prepare me for the facing of tomorrow.

I encourage journaling and Bible exploration. I follow the lectionary in my Bible study because it does not allow me just to read the parts with which I agree but forces me to ponder parts of the scriptures that takes me out of my comfort zone. I recommend getting out of our comfort zones at times.

Prayer: Help me to be still and know that you are God. (Psalm 46:10) Refocus me to see as you see. Grant me your peace. Amen.

All scriptures are quoted from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicized Edition, copyright 1989, 1995, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights are reserved.