God's word can bring conviction, and conviction can lead to joy. I believe this is what we read about in today's first reading from Nehemiah 8.
In the Gospel reading from Luke 10, Jesus sends out seventy-two of His disciples in pairs to all the towns and villages He intended to visit. He said to them, "Into whatever household you enter, first say, 'Peace to this household.' If a peaceful person lives there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you."
We need to be bringers of peace. In order to do that, we must first have peace ourselves. And I believe that peace results from trust in God. There's a lot to be concerned/worried/angry about today. Only when we trust that God has a plan and is going to work this all out can we have peace. And when we have peace, we need to share it with others.
Father, give us the peace that comes through trusting in you. May we share your peace with others today. Amen.
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