November 17, 2022

Each day, I reflect upon a word or a phrase inspired by the readings of the day. I encourage you to do the same and perhaps incorporate that word or phrase into your daily prayer.

As Jesus drew near Jerusalem, he saw the city and wept over it, saying, “If this day you only knew what makes for peace…” (Luke 19:41-44

PEACE: Peace. It is sought-after and elusive. We want it but don’t know how to get it. When we find it, it tends to be short-lived. Speaking for myself, there is nothing more that I want for myself and those I love than peace – peace of mind and of heart.

So many people are trying to manage the stress they have allowed to be a part of their lives. We can see in their attitude and demeanor, and perhaps even in their physical appearance, that they are losing their battle against stress. They cannot find peace.

Peace is a rare commodity, so people who seem to be at peace really stand out in the crowd. They seem calm and confident, even-tempered and content. Their presence may actually even make those around them feel more at peace. What is their secret?

The amount of peace we have in our lives is directly related to the amount of control we are willing to relinquish. Human beings LOVE to be in control or at least feel like they are in control. The greatest challenge we face in life is turning over control of our lives to God – putting our complete trust in God’s will.

Until we are able to trust God and turn all of our anxiety, fear, and doubt over to him, peace will continue to allude us. May that be our prayer, “God, allow me to trust you. Make me strong enough to know I need your help and courageous enough to relinquish control to you. My life is yours.”

Don’t just invite God to “ride shotgun” – give him the keys.


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