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Light the Candle of Peace

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“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things..” Philippians 4:6-8 (NIV)


In this week before Christmas, let us consider the Advent, or Coming, Christ our Lord and Savior. 


Peace: The second Advent candle reminds us of Joseph and Mary’s journey to Bethlehem before Mary gave birth to Jesus. With all the chaos, especially with a new baby coming, ready or not, now is also a time to settle and remember that Jesus is coming, and so is his Kingdom of Peace.


Have you had one of those “weeks”? Well I just had 2 weeks’ worth in the last 7 days. We’re building a new addition and right now, my front yard is a pile of dirt, 15 feet high. While focusing on the construction, someone left the door to the chicken coop open; the chickens got out & the dogs got to most of them. I am so pissed at myself.


And then I was asked to write about Philippians 4:6-8. Not funny, God. (Well, maybe it is.)


Then I paused to meditate on “anything is excellent or praiseworthy”  … especially the newborn child in the manger. As I started to quiet my soul, I heard, from above:

  “Let me,  … guide your steps.”

  “Let me,  … be your focus despite the busy-ness.”

  “Let me,  … put peace in your heart and mind.”

  “Let me,  … be your Lord and Savior.”


My response: Tears, as again reminded how deeply He loves me, and those I love, and how desperate is our need for  Him.


Can you find peace? Despite all going around, I have paused to meditate on the Prince of Peace as well as Philippians 4:6-8.


Daily Battle Order: 

Do the same by following my example.


Merry Christmas


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Tom Burke
Tom Burke
Dec 20, 2023

Merry Christmas!

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