Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give you; Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
Thought for the Day: Through Jesus Christ, we are alive
I had my first “nothing day” planned as I awoke this morning, earlier than planned but probably the time I needed to arise. I looked at my husband sleeping peacefully in the bed, I looked at my eldest son who came home after marching at a ballgame sleeping soundly with promise of sleeping until noon, and my youngest who was awake but very satisfied lying on the couch. So, I got dressed to take a morning walk for the first time in a long time.
Arriving at the park I found a coolness in the air and I caught myself feeling very excited. Walking around the lake as the fog was lifting from the cool nighttime brought such peace. Every corner brought beauty and more peace. Then my decision time came as I came upon the fork in the path where I had to choose the normal path or a dirt equestrian trail. As I looked toward the entrance I simply said, “My Secret Garden” as the sun shown so beautifully through the trees in the entrance. As I walked the equestrian trail I found a peace in my heart that I have not felt in a while, then I began praying. I found myself praying out loud as I walked. I prayed about my job and for friends who seem to be having struggles, I prayed for my family – speaking specific prayers for each person, and I prayed for continued peace after the walk ended. Such peace has been missing from my everyday life for so long that all I want is the peace of the walk to continue.
So, what did I learn along the way today? Peace is available to us through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And He wants that peace for each of us. That peace I felt entering the park and seeing all the beauty in my path brought me peace for a few minutes. The peace I felt when I entered “My Secret Garden” because God shown his light through those trees to the entrance put me on a spiritual high. The peace I felt as I prayed out loud to God about my loved ones and circumstances was so powerful. Visiting with and then walking with a precious friend sharing in conversation brought such peace to me – my prayers are now shared directly for her as she shared with me about her personal illness.
Leaving the park is normally peaceful but today brought even more peace, as it feels coming home from a “Mountaintop” spiritual retreat, it takes a while to feel back to normal. Today, I am still on that retreat so many hours later. Thank you, God for taking me on my personal spiritual retreat.
Prayer: Father God, you are awesome and you are good! Thank you for taking us on peaceful spiritual retreats. Thank you for listening to our prayers when we take the time of silence to share them with you. Please be with us as we find peace in a somewhat unpeaceful world. We can find that peace only in you.
Prayer Focus: Needing to feel God’s peace