Peace beyond my understanding And the things I do not know His peace now guards my mind and heart When I glimpse Heaven from here below At Nazareth it came to Mary To Bethlehem’s shepherds while asleep And at the cross to thieves and soldiers A peace that only Heaven keeps And here in unexpected moments When thunder and the lightning flies Our Great Father shows His mercy By the peace that Christ supplies And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7 ESV By the Peace That Christ Supplies by Peter Caligiuri Copyright 2023 All rights reserved
I Looked all Through the Forests Deep
I looked all through the forests deep Over hills through rushing streams Until sunset I searched on For peace I’d glimpsed in dreams Till in complete exhaustion I sat down to catch my breath Just then I heard the gentle voice Of Christ calling me to rest And when I turned to look at Him He showed His hands with wounds And invited me to touch those scars Where nails had pierced Him through Then in worship I fell down For suddenly I knew That His peace for which I’d searched He would give me all night through Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27 NIV I Looked All Through the Forests Deep by Peter Caligiuri Copyright © 2023 all rights reserved
Peace After the Storm
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. John 14:27 ESV
Last week we talked about having God’s peace in the storm. But we also need peace after a storm has passed. When things are calm and quiet we find the damage that the storm has left behind. Here in Florida today that means assessing damage, reopening roads so supplies can get in and beginning the very long road towards rebuilding.
Divorce, disability and death just to name a few of our spiritual storms also leave behind a wake of destruction. In those long weeks, months and years as we are being rebuilt, God will never leave us alone, but will join us in the work of restoration. If that is you this morning, listen carefully to the verse of this new rendering of a wonderful old hymn. “When all around my soul gives way, He then is all my hope and stay!” In that moment when our hearts fail us. When we survey the devastation after the storm, we can rest assured that the Carpenter of Galilee will take up His tools and rebuild us again according to His perfect blueprint!
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