Monday, May 18, 2020

Peace Offerings... Offerings of Peace

Year 8-Day 138: Today, I am grateful for peace offerings... offerings of peace.  

There are practices from the Bible that seem outdated because of cultural changes. We still offer blessings on our food and fellowship around the family table. House blessings I do not believe are all that common anymore. This passage makes me wonder if it is a practice we need to revive. 

“Whenever you enter someone’s home, first say, ‘May God’s peace be on this house.’-Luke 10:5

God's peace! What a gift, right?

When we use the word "peace offering" in the USA, we typically mean a gift that given to smooth over a rough spot in a relationship. A peace blessing asks God to fill the house and those in it with His peace.

Our world does not know much about peace. To know peace, we must know the source. 

"“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid." -John 14:27

Peace of mind and heart. This is what the world hungers for today, tomorrow and beyond. To be an agent of change, we can choose to offer blessings of peace. At home, in the neighborhood, at school, at church and beyond our village borders we can "Be the change you hope to see". It is a popular saying these days. It is good advice. 

How can we offer peace today? In offerings of peace, we are sharing hope. It can be a plate of cookies, a note of encouragement, a lawn mowed, groceries picked up and delivered and meal shared. 

Peace be with you. The Prince of Peace is with us. He promised His Spirit to comfort and encourage us. He keeps his promises. 

Today, I am grateful for peace offerings... offerings of peace.  

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