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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Devotion: A Shot of Peace

“Is there no balm in Gilead?” ~ Jeremiah 8:22

Gilead was famous for its healing ointments and the ancient spice merchants traveled through this area near the Holy Land regularly. I hope and pray that my card ministry will point the way to the Great Physician's healing balm for wounds. He’s the only one that can heal hurt, give peace, and bring comfort to battered bodies.

Prayer: Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen. ~ A Prayer attributed to St. Francis.

Today’s Quote:
"The Greek word for peacemakers is eirenepoios, which can be interpreted as "peace poets," suggesting that peace is a thing to be crafted or made. We need to seek ways to be not just "peacekeepers" but to be engaged "peacemakers." In such a definition, peace (or the Hebrew word shalom) is not simply an absence of war but a thriving of our lives, where God uses our creativity as a vehicle to create a world that ought to be." ~ Makoto Fujimura.

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