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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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Dec. 23, 2010 - The Gift of Peace

By Violet Schoonmaker

It was during the Christmas season that I learned a valuable lesson concerning the peace of God. I had been shopping for a gift and had lost my purse, which contained about $27.

That night I could not sleep. I berated myself for being so careless and thought of all the good that money could have done my children. I wondered why I should have lost it just at Christmastime.

Finally I arose and sat in my rocking chair. Then the Lord reminded me of Philippians 4:6,7. Only a few weeks before He had made this Scripture so real to me in a time of anxiety: “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (KJV).

I realized I had been worrying just like a person who did not know Jesus as the source of peace! I determined to do just what the Word of God told me to do. With prayer and supplication I let my requests be made known to God. And again, as the experience of a few weeks previous, I began to realize how glorious is the privilege of talking with God.

Suddenly, my burden lifted. I didn’t mind the loss anymore. Peace was mine, and that was all that mattered. I completely forgot that my purse had been lost until someone asked later whether it had been found.

I began to realize then that peace is the essence of Christmas. “Peace on earth” was the angel’s song. “The Prince of Peace” had come to make “peace through the blood of His cross.” His voice would still the tempests of life when He rebuked them. Peace was His parting gift to His disciples on the night of His betrayal. His first words to His disciples after His resurrection were, “Peace be unto you.”

I did not find my purse — but I found peace, which was much more precious. It was God’s Christmas gift to me. May it be yours also.

— Adapted from “The Gift of Peace,” originally published in the Dec. 21, 1958, Pentecostal Evangel.



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