PEACE by Nora and Bob Pitrolo
Our human instinct is to be angry or seek revenge against someone when they speak or do evil against us. As a Christian we are not to “hate” evil people but to hate the evil that controls their lives. Christians should always show God’s love to all and not be judgmental. We are to be the “caregivers” to others no matter who they are or what they do. When we behave like a Christian, we have love in our hearts and peace in our mind and soul which others will see and feel.
Looking at this picture, I see the turbulent sky in the back ground representing the turmoil of this life. Then I see the lights coming out of the sky and lighting up the trees and the ground just like Jesus is the “Light in the darkness” for us. The snow blanketing the earth is like a calmness or peacefulness settling in on the earth, just like the peace we receive upon our decision to accept Jesus Christ into our life and following Him.
This picture represents PEACE to me and I want to spread that love and peace to all, so let us pray.
O Lord, we come to You ready to lay our worries, our anger, our anxieties and fears at the foot the Cross. We give You praise for Your abundant mercy and Your grace. We thank You for Your faithfulness even when we are not always faithful to You. We ask You to give us peace in our mind, body, soul and spirit. Make us a light for others to see Your strength, Your Agape Love and Your heavenly peace. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.