Day Thirty Two: I Can Experience Peace amid the Storms of Life

Scott Peck once noted that “life is difficult,” and I agree. In the course of a lifetime, I have faced job loss, economic uncertainty, and serious illness in my family, and the death of both parents. Yes, life is difficult but we can respond creatively to the stresses of life. We can experience peace amid the storms of life.

Do you remember the Gospel story of the storm at sea? The disciples panicked and thought they were going to drown until they remembered that Jesus was in the boat with them. Then, I suspect they experienced a sense of peace even though the waves still beat against their skiff. Yes, peace is as much a matter of interpretation of reality as the reality itself.

We can experience peace through meditation, prayer, and remembering that we are always in God’s care and that nothing can separate us from the love of God.

Today, take time to pause and live with the following affirmations.
I can experience peace amid the storms of life.
I always live in God’s quiet center.
God is with me in every situation. I am safe in the circle of God’s care.

May you experience both peace and adventure today.

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About Bruce Epperly

Rev. Bruce Epperly, Ph.D., serves as Pastor at South Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, Centerville, MA. Prior to coming to Cape Cod in 2013, he served on the faculties and often in administrative and chaplaincy roles at Georgetown University, Claremont School of Theology, Wesley Theological Seminary, and Lancaster Theological Seminary. Bruce is currently a professor in spirituality, ministry, and theology in the doctoral program at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C. He has served as pastor or interim pastor of congregations in Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. He is the author or co-author of over 35 books in the areas of theology, spirituality, ministerial excellence and spiritual formation, scripture, and healing and wholeness, including Process Theology: Embracing Adventure with God; Finding God in Suffering: A Journey with Job; From Here to Eternity: Preparing for the Next Adventure; and A Center in the Cyclone: Clergy Self-care in the 21st Century.