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The five minutes that will change your week. Today, let's focus on the peace Jesus gifts to us.  

Find a quiet space. Sit up tall, and close your eyes. Set a timer for one to two minutes per movement so that you can be fully present (or increase the time if you want a longer experience).  
 


 

First, pay attention to God. 


Take slow, deep breaths. Focus on the spot that you feel the breath in your body. 
  • As you breathe in, think, "Jesus, let your peace..." 
  • As you breathe out, think, "... rule my heart" (Colossians 3:15).

 

Second, ponder your inner world.


Process the following with Jesus:
  • What am I anxious about today?
  • What would my inner world look like if your anxiety-conquering-peace ruled my heart?

 

Third, prepare to love others.


Ask Jesus to help you answer the following:
  • Where am I bringing anxiety into my relationships?
  • What would it look like for me to stay calm and connected in those relationships?

A closing prayer:

Jesus, this Christmas season anxiety calls my name from social unrest to decisions about family gatherings to last-minute shopping to the restlessness in my soul. I'm worn by the worry of this world. And I want a calm place to call my own.

Jesus, you tell me that you are greater than the evil one, who churns up chaos around me. You tell me that you give me your peace. Lord, rule my heart this Christmas. Remind me that you entered the noise and stink of a barn in Bethlehem. And from the cradle to the cross, you endured chaos for me. Remind me, Jesus, that you are my peace and you are with me. Let not my heart be troubled, and let me not be afraid.

Amen.


Peace be with you until next week,
Rusty McKie 
 


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