January 21, 2021

Peace of Mind

…then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being.
Genesis 2:7
The Spirit of God is life and peace. In both Hebrew and Greek, the word for spirit is also the word for breath. That's why we read that it was God's breath at creation that gave life, and Jesus' breath after the resurrection that granted peace. For Christians, therefore, to have breath goes far beyond biological life: It is to be imbued with something of the Creator.

In John's brief letter to Gaius (3 John), the connection is made between welcome and wholeness of spirit. As I am part of a congregation that says it welcomes all, may I never forget that the welcome a seeker receives when she or he walks through the doors of a church might make all the difference in the world to their peace of mind.

Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, just as it is well with your soul.
 3 John 1:2
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
O God, grant health to my body and peace to my soul. And as I pray for myself, so I will pray for others, in Jesus' Name:
After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.
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