The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines peace as a state of tranquility or quiet; freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions; and harmony in personal relations. To be “at peace” means to be in a state of concord or tranquility. Psalm 29: 11 & 12 reads “The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord is enthroned as King forever. The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.”

            Over the course of three years our family faced some difficult times. We lost Mike’s Dad in 2003. After an extended illness my mother passed in March of 2004 and my dad was diagnosed with a terminal condition in 2005. Our relationship was strained with my dad due to his lifelong battle with substance abuse. His life was filled with hatred, bitterness and depression. In November, as I was sitting with dad he shared that he had been praying with some visitors and that he had been saved. The spirit of God became evermore present over the next month; he was able to make amends with his family and peace with God. The change in him was nothing short of a miracle. He passed on December 23rd with all his family at his side. Today, we also have an assurance knowing that we will see the “new” him again. What peace this brings us.

            Do you have a family member who is estranged and/or perhaps does not know the Lord? Note in the scripture- He is above all, any hardship or storm, forever and He gives strength and peace to his people. Take some time to seek Him and the quiet He offers you and your loved ones. May the peace of His spirit dwell in you.


Dear Jesus,  

You are above all, there on the throne, all knowing and all caring. You have the ability to right every wrong, soften our hardened hearts, and change our vision. As we face those who we love but are at odds with, give us your ears, eyes and voice to mend our relationships. Bring your spirit within us in order that we will be at peace with one another and You.

            Gina Briscoe