Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Peace trancsends

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The great apostle Paul lived more than 500 years ago, but had his focus squarely on ideas that would last. Writing to the Philippians, Saint Paul urges them to “stand firm in the Lord.”  This was an important word in the midst of an apparent conflict between the two women at odds within the Philippian church. Sensing their anxiousness about the struggle, the apostle urges the community to move out of their present focus on problems and instead “Rejoice” because “The Lord is near.”  “Do not worry about anything,” says Paul reminding them of the bigger picture, but guard your hearts and minds with “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding.” It’s a peace that transcends even the cycle of human conflict.