January 8

ripple of peace 


Genesis 25:1-11
1 Chronicles 1:28-34

Genesis 25: 21-23,

 “…Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah … Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was childless. The Lord answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant. … But the two children struggled with each other in her womb. The Lord said to her, Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger.’”


Conflict has existed since the beginning of time. It makes for a very stressful life to be in conflict with others. And, too many times, it’s with those closest to us. Such is the case with Jacob and Esau, whose conflict began in the womb. As we look at the world in conflict around us, it can feel a bit hopeless that we’ll ever experience peace.

Though we can’t be responsible for the entire world, we can begin a ripple effect that begins with ourselves. Let’s lay down our proverbial weapons, remember to put God at the center of our actions and conversations, and work to bring peace into our relationships. It’s what we are called to do in Romans 12:18, “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” Let’s begin a movement that could change the world. Peace!


Heavenly Father, Thank You for the peace that only You can bring. Help me to bring that peace into my relationships with others. Let this action become a ripple effect that impacts the world. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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