Diane Goold of Saint Joseph, MO, USA
For the mountains may depart
and the hills be removed,
but my steadfast love shall not depart from you,
and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,
says the Lord, who has compassion on you. -Isaiah 54:10
Sometimes we hear God speaking directly to our heart and mind. Sometimes we ask for him to speak but feel he doesn’t answer. Sometimes he answers and we aren’t listening. I’m reminded of the story of Elijah as he stood on the side of the mountain, listening for God’s voice.
“He said, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.’ Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence” (1 Kings 19:11-12).
Whispers come in the form of a tree swaying in a gentle breeze, in the cooing of a baby, in the laughter of a child, in the eyes of a loved one, in hugs and kisses, in phone calls or messages from friends, and in that quiet place inside your heart that only God can touch.
If things become hectic and noisy today, pause and listen to God’s whisper and relax knowing God is nearby, even in our most chaotic and stressful moments.
God, help me seek peace for me, peace for us, peace for everyone, and peace for our planet. Amen.
The International Community
Find (or imagine) a globe or map of the world. Look at all the nations and find a country other than your own. Notice the geographic distance between your homeland and this one. Picture a person living there. Pray for this person. Sense God’s love connecting you just as the oceans connect the continents. Thank God for the spiritual connection you have with all of God’s people around the globe. Ask a blessing on the church as a community sharing Christ’s peace, drawing all into the family of God.
Today’s Prayer for Peace
Engage in a daily practice of praying for peace in our world. Click here to read today’s prayer and be part of this practice of peace.