Peace, Manna, Peace!

Ashley Rejoicing

Philippians 4:4-9  Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Peace, Manna, Peace!

Some years ago, my daughter was at MD Anderson after having surgery for a malignant brain tumor. I was taking care of my two granddaughters, ages 6 and 7. Ashley, the oldest, had just spoken to her mom (Wendy) on the telephone. Of course, having had surgery only a day or two before, Wendy sounded groggy and quite different than normal. Ashley was (is) a particularly sensitive child and had been trying to be brave for her mom and for me. After hearing her mom’s voice, though, the dam broke and she began to sob. I held her, we talked awhile and as she was settling down some, we began reading a little Scripture before it was time to tuck the girls in for the night.

I explained to them that when I read my Bible, I often underline verses that mean a lot to me. I suggested that since we were reading from Ashley’s Bible, she might want to listen for something that was meaningful to her and underline it. Before too long, we came across a verse about “peace”. Ashley became very enthused and in her most sincere voice she said, “Let’s underline the one….the one about peace!  Oh Manna, I like peace!”

I was amazed and thrilled that, at seven years old, Ashley “got it”. Today, nine years later, I am still touched by the memory of her eyes lighting up, new joy covering her face and her little voice saying…”I like peace!”

Me too, Ashley….me too!

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