I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16: 33

Sometimes, we reflect on days of the past which were simple and serene. We long to revisit moments which were easy and calm. We pray for days of “normal” to return and forget God has reason for the seasons of our lives.

When we are tried by troubles, Jesus reminds us we’re not alone. He leads us through the ups and downs and helps us find His peace. He pulls us to His arms of strength and cradles us in care. And, in moments to recognize why we are held, He comforts us. He prepares us to experience what’s to come. 

Perfect moments will NOT last forever. If we ALWAYS experience content, we will never feel the need for our Savior. We will never recognize how the pain of our brokenness humbles our hearts to receive God’s FOREVER, eternal love. 

There will be trials and tribulations. But, we must take heart! We must not fear! There is peace in Christ, by the blood of the cross. He will shelter us in the safety of His mercy. And, grace will prepare us to remember how to find HOPE in the power of His love. 

Dear God, Thank you for opening our eyes to feel the presence of Your love. We will trust You with all of our hearts and welcome the love of Jesus, in the midst of tribulation. And, we WILL learn to embrace the love of a grateful heart, when we have allowed ourselves to be held by the power of His perfect peace. Amen


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