Yesterday, I “escaped” for a two hour retreat at a local abbey.

Most of the time when I go on retreat, be it for an hour or for a day, a familiar process takes place. It begins with my mind full of a jumble of thoughts – things I have to do, worries I have, people I need to meet with, etc...

But as I spend time in quiet, in God’s presence, I usually get a great gift... oh not major epiphanies (though those sometimes occur) …the gift from God I usually get is peace…I find rest.

Yesterday was no exception. Nothing changed in my life…all the to do’s were still there, but as I left, I had a deep sense that “all was well.

We will most certainly hear the reading of Isaiah 9 this Christmas which speaks about Immanuel as “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, & Prince of Peace.

And we know that the peace Jesus brings is foremost “peace with God.

But I do think he delights to give us peace for our day to day lives as well.

Take some time to sit quietly with Jesus this week and see if he does not grant you a measure of the peace that comes when we encounter his real and abiding presence.

Grace & Peace,
Brad Swope

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