Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transparent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world. ~ Sara Ban Breathnach

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Peace is.....

Now, may the Lord of Peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance. 2 Thessalonians 3:16

I had Indian for lunch today.

The scents of the small restaurant were wonderful and I enjoyed the different tastes.  Besides the scents and tastes, I enjoyed lunch with a friend with whom I can probe the theology of the church and share thoughts and questions I only raise in a few safe spaces.

Coming home, I opened Eugene Peterson's "The Message" and my eyes fell upon the verse from 2 Thess. I read it several times and then did a search for a quote on thanks/joy/peace and I discovered this quote by....Ann Voskamp!
I have sat, studying and reflecting on this quote.....

Some days I am uncertain exactly how to explain matters of faith.

Days such as this often leave me feeling unsettled and restless.  Today, reading this quote by Ann a few minutes after reading the passage from 2 Thessalonians I thought...

1. Peace does not come within circumstances.

2. Paul reminds me I can learn to be grateful within any circumstances.

3. I may not always agree with the theology of the of my circumstances.

Ann Voskamp has also written that she believes Peace is a Person.

You know....there are days I wish I could simply hear for myself what Jesus said, rather than reading what others have written he said.  Yet, even though I have questions regarding the writings of New Testament authors, I do agree with Ann, that Peace is a Person.

Peace is this Person, Jesus, that someday I just can't wait to hear what he has to say for myself!

Until then....

I can continue to practice the disciplines he taught (pausing, prayer, study.....) and within these disciplines, be grateful.

I'm going to be spending a few days with my family...for that I am grateful!

Blessings for a weekend of beauty, compassion, and discovery.

Many Blessings ~ Sandi


  1. I am grateful that the denomination in which I am ordained has a wide, expansive theology in which I was able to anchor myself many years ago, and in which I can still be. It is challenging to have one sense of the biggness of God and have the human tendency of narrowing God. And, I have totally been able to find, feel, know, and be "peace" - which within the circumstances of my life, could only have been the peace of God in Christ.

    I hope you have a peace-filled weekend!

  2. I can't tell you the number of times I have wished I could have heard for myself... and the questions I have... It makes me feel better to know someone like yourself struggles with this a bit, too. ;) Enjoy the time with your family! blessings ~ tanna

  3. Hope you enjoy your visit with your family, Sandi. :)