On Day 11 We are midway through the week’s emphasis on peace.
Is it a matter of feeling peaceful or making peace? We aim for both, although they may not coincide as often as we wish.
It is like that line “Why can’t we all just get along?” We wish for peacefulness for ourselves without too much effort. Maybe we mix up the idea of peace with a sense of ease.
Several of the past devotionals for this day dealt with Moses. He didn’t have it easy, leading people who had lived all their lives in oppression and slavery.
Or perhaps we can consider what it takes to be peacemakers. Everyone longs for peace, but the process of actually creating it can be difficult. It often calls on us to be the first to make the effort.
In the letter to the Ephesians, Paul says:
” I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”
How much do we wish to emulate and follow the Prince of Peace? How much do we wish to be like Jesus? Enough to give in when wanting our own will?
Perhaps keeping the bond of peace through humble and loving ways is the best gift we can give God and each other this Christmas.
Devotionals for Day 11
- Blessed Are the Peacemakers in 2015 describes peacemaking through an open heart.
- Pray for Jerusalem was the plea for this day in 2006. A poem by A.C. Swinburne.
- Prophets Secrets concern the Lion in this devotional from 2007.
- Keys, What Tale May They Tell? Read the post from 2010.
- Moses marked the point between the fall of man and the gracious salvation of Christ . Meditations for day 11 in 2011
- Moses Man of Faith in the devotions of 2016