God’s Peace and Love

Luke 13:34-35

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, killing the prophets and stoning those who are sent to you! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not.

Thought for the Day:  God loves us, protects us, and brings us peace.

Over the past few days, the temperature in our area has been unseasonable warm. That time between using heat and air-conditioner in the home is sometimes irregular in keeping the temperature constant.  I have found myself opening the windows in my bedroom as I have laid down to go to sleep and then opening the windows in our great room as I sit to have my early morning quiet time.  With a creek running near our house and rain falling over these past few days, the sound has been remarkable.  The sound has quieted my spirit at night where I have gone easily to sleep, and the sound in the morning has reminded me that God is near as I awake for my time with Him.  To have that reminder first thing in the morning and then at the end of the day, has helped me center me for the time in between.

God wants us to feel peace in Him.  He wants us to know His love.  On Sunday of this week, our Pastor Mark used the illustration in his sermon of the hen and her brood.  “How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings.”   During a time when Jesus was told that Herod wanted to kill Him, he told the Pharisees to tell Herod, the fox, that he was going to stay to finish His course.  Jesus was not going to leave without fulfilling God’s will for us.  He was not going to run away without showing His love for us.  He has gathered us, his children, and has shown His love for us in a magnificent way – He died for us where we would have eternal life.  Now, that is love – we can have peace and rest in that.

Prayer: God, you love us! You have protected us and have brought us peace.  Thank you, God, for peaceful sounds that bring us to remember your love and protection for us.  We are your children and we are thankful that You are our father.  Help us remember in the “in between times” that You love us.  Amen.

Prayer Focus: God loves us and protects us.

 

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