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Peaceful Moments
By Marie Williams

"But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off, are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace." (Ephesians 2:13-15 KJV)

It is 5:00am and my sleepy community is slowly awakening. Stepping into my office, the moon is at its peak of beauty. Brilliant and luminous, it casts light on the glistening grass still moist from the early morning dew.

I stand silently at my window in awe of the magnificence of this creation God has so graciously shared with mankind.

In the shadows, three deer stand at the road, pausing momentarily to look left, then right, as if watching for oncoming traffic. Assured that their crossing is safe, they quickly trot across to our hay field, heading to the pond for a quick drink.

Between the disappearance of the moon, and the setting of the sun, God has sprinkled tiny blessings throughout my day; a phone call from a grandchild wishing me a happy birthday and emails from strangers who have visited my website. I've even shared a good laugh with a friend over my hasty selection of two different tennis shoes I wore to town earlier in the day.

I hear my Father's voice as I take a moment to read His Word and pray. Burdens are lifted and joy floods my soul as I contemplate the day and all it held. During this time of fellowship, when God whispers my name, I listen with my heart as he corrects, encourages and loves.

Peace surrounds me, a peace this world cannot give. It's an everlasting inner peace, a calm in the storms of life, as soothing as the glowing embers of the magnificent sunset.

As evening falls, I find myself once again, gazing from my window. The sun now sets in the west. The sky is painted with rainbow colors that no artist can ever reproduce. The birds are going to roost. A straggling purple martin soars one last circle before settling in for the night.

I hear the night sounds ... bullfrogs, crickets and a calf calling to his mother. I breathe a prayer of thanksgiving once again, that God has chosen to show His glory in the simple things of life and, because of his unmerited favor, I am His child.

Satisfied that God is in full control, I know that I will have sweet sleep.
Marie Williams lives on a small farm in Oklahoma with her husband of 38 years, Larry. They have three adult children and eight grandchildren. Marie's published works include a weekly article for The Daily Times, Pryor Creek, Oklahoma, Vinita Daily Journal, Vinita, Oklahoma, Fellowship of Christian Writers Chapbook, Heart Songs, Fellowship of Christian Poets, and The Christian on line Magazine. She won honorable mention in the Writer’s Digest competition in 2001 for her poem titled, 'Stand Still,' and also was selected to have one of her poems posted at Holy Land USA, Bedford, Virginia. The desire of Marie’s heart is to minister the love of Christ to others through her poetry and inspirational writing.
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