Christmas- Peace - Day 14

Opening Prayer: 

Dear Lord, we pray that Your peace will fill our hearts and minds throughout this Christmas season. In the name of Your Son, our source of peace, amen.

 

Read: Philippians 4:4-7 NIV

 “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 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.”

 

Reflect: 

This Scripture became very important to me during a difficult time in our first year of marriage.  My wife and I were just completing our year of teaching in Omaha, NE and were preparing to move back to Abilene, KS.  We had subleased our apartment, and everything was packed and ready to move.  Then the bottom dropped out of our lives.

 It was close to midnight and my wife, in excruciating pain, awakened me.  She was white as a sheet.  I called the doctor who miraculously recognized what the problem was and said to meet him at the hospital.  I called the ambulance, and our doctor, along with a specialist, met us at the emergency room and immediately rolled her into surgery.  She was minutes away from dying. 

 I went to the waiting room.  I was all alone and beside myself with worry. On the table was a Gideon Bible, opened to this Scripture.  What a blessing it was because I don’t think I could have made it through the night without having these thoughts guiding me through it.  I followed the steps outlined in this Scripture.  After several hours of petition, praying and thanking Him, I finally felt the peace that passes all understanding. 

 By morning I could truly rejoice because, through the quick thinking of our doctor, my wife survived the night.  We can look back and see God’s hand in the whole situation.  What a great God we have, who can provide us with “the peace that passes all understanding” in our dark hours.     

 

Apply:  

When you have tough situations arise, claim this Scripture.  Remember the Lord is near, display a gentle attitude, and give your anxiety to Jesus. Then with thanksgiving, prayer and petition make your requests known to God.  As a result, you will feel, as I did, the peace that passes all understanding.

 

Closing Prayer: 

Our Lord, we praise You for the way You provide the right guidance just at the time we need it. Help us claim this passage from Your Word when we reach anxious situations. In Your name, amen.

Today’s Family Christmas Calendar Activity:

Make a Christmas Card for the school receptionist.

Pick up a calendar at your campus. Learn more at ChristmasAtPathway.com

Terry Schneider