Peace

It Gets You Started

George and Marjorie were given a thirty-fifth wedding anniversary party. During the celebration, George was asked to share some of his thoughts about the long-lasting marriage. He began by going back thirty years to the night when, during a severe thunderstorm, Marjorie was tucking their little boy into bed … “As Marjorie was about to …

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Pray And Obey

In a little book about children and religion, actor Dick Van Dyke tells the story of a little girl who is asked by her mother if she has said her night prayers. “Yes, mother,” she replied, “but when I knelt down, I began thinking that God hears the same old stuff every night … So …

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Peace And The Golden Rule

If we were to ask each other to name the one ingredient necessary to establish peace in our human relationships, undoubtedly the Golden Rule would be the majority response. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” We like to cite the Golden Rule as the main guidepost of our lives. It …

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Dare We Talk Of Peace?

Psychologists say that for many people Christmas is the most depressing time of the year. Poor people are unable to afford gifts for their children. Old people are in rest homes and nursing homes. Widows are lonely, remembering better Christmases when there was a man around the house, helping with the tree, carving the turkey, …

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Peacefare

For many of us, the boundaries of our love are narrow and very exclusive. Perhaps we love the members of our family to some degree, and maybe a few other people. Perhaps we talk about loving the poor and the lonely and the disadvantaged, but not with a great deal of conviction. And probably we …

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Prince Of Peace

A woman named Betty tried to cram all of her Christmas preparations into a single day. Starting at 9 a.m., she shopped her entire Christmas list, bought a Christmas tree and poinsettias, ordered a turkey, carried home the groceries for Christmas dinner, brought up from the basement the big box of Christmas lights and tree …

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At The Outposts

Perhaps some of us are here today thinking of the Church as an “Inn” — a kind of spiritual resort where we have come to get away from it all and find rest and refreshment and comfort for body and soul. And we need not feel guilty about it if the Church fills that kind …

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A Love Story

Just a few days before Christmas, a family of four drove to a huge urban mall to do some last-minute shopping. They decided to shop separately so that any presents they might buy for each other would be kept secret. Before they split up, the father said, “Let’s synchronize our watches and agree to meet …

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Shalom! Shalom!

A wife had provided a tombstone for her husband’s grave. On it she had inscribed two sentences: “Rest in Peace” … “Until We Meet Again.” Individually those are two good statements, but together they don’t come out quite right. That is the problem with our using the word “peace” in the limited sense that we …

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Peacemakers All!

It shall come to pass in the coming day of the Lord,” wrote the Prophet Isaiah, that all the nations shall “stream toward the house of the Lord … and many peoples shall come and say: ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord … that He may teach us His ways …

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Rest Assured!

Christmas is a time for peace and quiet — a time for quiet assurance, quiet trust. That sounds good. After all, the world is filled with noise and confusion and uncertainty. It’s about time we took a break from all the turmoil and trouble. It’s about time we demonstrated some quiet assurance that things aren’t …

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A Two-way Trust

In Psalm 56, the ancient Psalmist sings a song of trust: This I know, that God is for me. In God, whose Word I praise, In the Lord, whose Word I praise, In God I trust without a fear. What can man do to me? (Ps. 56:10-11). “Have faith in God,” Jesus said to His …

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You Can Make A Difference

As the Advent Season draws to a close, we direct our thoughts to the Historical Jesus. We think about Jesus coming into the world at a specific time in a specific place. We think of that child of poverty, born in a stable amidst the warm breath of cattle and sheep. We think of the …

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To Be Sure, Lord!

One evening, after a lecture, Helen Keller invited questions from the audience. Someone asked: “Miss Keller, if you could have but one wish granted, what would it be?” What a question! As you know, Helen Keller was sightless and deaf. Her only contact with the world was through the sense of touch. Even the question …

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Keeping Christmas

The same man who wrote the Gospel of John also wrote a letter. In the letter he summarizes in a single phrase the basic principal of the whole Biblical Message: “God is Love” (1 Jn. 4:8). The simple truth of the tremendous reality that God loves us and is for us is what gives meaning …

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I’m O.k., You’re O.k.

There is a very remarkable book by Dr. Thomas Harris, a practicing psychiatrist. The title is “I’m O.K., You’re O.K.” and the book has had phenomenal success. Without doubt, it is one of the most talked about books of the last ten or twenty years. Dr. Harris insists that one of the basic problems all …

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Put On The Lord Jesus Christ

An elderly gentleman on a train trip asked a fellow-passenger: “Do you have any grandchildren?” “Yes,” was the reply. Then he asked another passenger: “Do you have any grandchildren?” “No,” was the reply. “Move over,” the old man said triumphantly. “I want to tell you about mine.” When the Apostle John wrote his Gospel, he …

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How Happy You Will Be!

In today’s Gospel Lesson, Jesus tells us that the necessary precondition for our wholeness of life — genuine happiness — is to trust everything to God, that is, our very lives … “Seeing the crowds, He went up the hill. There He sat down and was joined by His disciples. Then He began to speak. …

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See Paris First

In the wake of Jesus’ crucifixion, the Apostles are in hiding, fearing the worst: they could be next. For them, the great adventure was over. They had left everything to follow Jesus. They had given up everything for the Cause of Christ. The Father, whom Jesus had said would never abandon them, had forsaken Jesus …

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