“Peace, Be Still”

Today is Wednesday, August 31, 2022, in the 22nd week of Ordinary Time.

Peace be with you!

Day 23,547

Today is the last day of August. Not yesterday.

This seems like a busy week for me, because I had personal tasks to attend to on Monday and Tuesday, then worked last night, and have a shift today beginning at 9:15. I will say that I’m running short on time, this morning, so I must get moving.

I’ll briefly mention the weather, as it seems to be settling into milder temps. Yesterday’s high was only 86, and today’s is expected to be 85. There is at least some chance of rain/thunderstorms every day for the next ten days. Hopefully, we get nothing like last Monday. The record high for today’s date occurred in 2000, and was 106.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS

Dear Father in heaven, open our hearts to see and feel how our lives have been blest. Open our hearts to your blessings so that we may look forward in thankfulness and joy to what lies ahead. Grant that we may be faithful to what we have received from you and never again lose ourselves in the passing moment. May we hold to all you have brought to our hearts from eternity, that your name may be honored and our lives shaped anew in Jesus Christ. Give us courage to overcome the evils in life and to look with joy and confident expectation to the future, when the powers of your kingdom will be ever more clearly revealed. Amen.
(Daily Prayer from Plough.com)
You should think of us as Christ's servants, who have been put in charge of God's secret truths. The one thing required of such a servant is that he be faithful to his master. 
1 Corinthians 4:1–2, TEV

Today I am grateful:

  1. that my heart is open to God’s many blessings, so that I may “look forward in thankfulness and joy to what lies ahead” (Daily Prayer from Plough)
  2. for the truths revealed to us by God, through the Son and by the Spirit
  3. that as I sit here, this morning, God hears my voice; I wait in expectation to see what He is going to do today
  4. that wisdom comes to those who diligently seek her
  5. that the Name of the Lord will be exalted in all the earth

“I Want,” by Daryl Madden

Lord, you know what I want
And you know what I pray
For you know in my heart
All the words I will say

And sometimes it is
Not want I want to be
But it is for the best
Because you love me

So, Lord speak to me
Heard in a prayer
To guide me unto
Your way to appear

Not my way but Yours
One desire to share
Help me to want what
You want for me here

I’m especially moved by the last stanza, a rephrasing of “not my will, by Thine be done.” I, too, pray that what I want would be what God wants for me. Please visit Daryl’s blog site at the link provided above.


Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.”
(John 8:58 ESV)

and when the song was raised, with trumpets and cymbals and other musical instruments, in praise to the LORD, “For he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever,” the house, the house of the LORD, was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled the house of God.
(2 Chronicles 5:13-14 ESV)

Have we not all one Father? Has not one God created us? Why then are we faithless to one another, profaning the covenant of our fathers?
(Malachi 2:10 ESV)


O LORD, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.
(Psalms 5:3 ESV)

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
(Psalms 46:10 ESV)

Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.
(Psalms 143:8 ESV)

I [wisdom] love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.
(Proverbs 8:17 ESV)

And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
(Mark 4:39 ESV)


Father, these verses are all I need, this morning. I have sat before you, this morning, before going out into the world to do what needs to be done, and I have spent a few moments “being still,” so that I can know that You are God.

There are many storms, this morning, threatening many people. I pray that You, through the work of Jesus and the ministry of the Holy Spirit, may say “peace, be still” to all of those storms. For Melody who is anxious about playing piano at church, this Sunday; for Cindy, who is anxious about a diagnosis and some test results that are coming; for several who are seeking new jobs and anxiously awaiting notification on interviews; for parents who are anxious about their children; for many, many people in our land who are needlessly upset and anxious over politics . . .

Father, in heaven, I entreat You, please declare over all of these situations:

Even so, please come quickly, Lord Jesus!


“Step out of the traffic! Take a long, loving look at me, your High God, above politics, above everything.”
(Psalms 46:10 MSG)

Grace and peace, friends.