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Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27)

What troubles your heart today? If yours is like mine, it is probably shaken by the big things in the world such as war, poverty, injustice, and unrest, as well as the things in my own life like change, disagreements, loss, difficult relationships, and disappointment.

All of these are important and should not be dismissed or ignored. Working to solve the problems of the world around us is part of the reason God has placed us where we are and at just the right time. But worrying about them above all other things in our lives is detrimental to our mental and physical health. This causes a lack of peace and joy which can keep us feeling like nothing we do matters and that there is no point to trying. What a cycle it becomes! Worry is not a very useful state.

We as followers of Jesus have a not-so-secret-weapon to combat worry. We have been given the Holy Spirit to live with us, to comfort us, and to give us peace--peace in our hearts, in our relationships, in our own salvation. Spoiler alert: we know the end of the story and Jesus reigns victorious above everything. That doesn’t leave much left to worry over, does it?

Dear Lord, quiet our hearts today and remind us that You have overcome the world. Show us how to bring about peace and justice to the world that You love--in our homes, our workplaces, our communities, and in our hearts. Thank you for a beautiful, comforting peace and the resulting joy that comes only from You. Amen.


GLYNIS BECKER

Glynis Becker is a writer living in Rapid City, South Dakota. She works full-time as the administrative coordinator at her church, as well as being a wife and a mother of two teenagers. She writes inspirational fiction and devotions, as well as co-writes screenplays. Her first co-written film, Sinking Sand, will be distributed in early 2017.