Sunday, December 3, 2017
by Mary Helen Hamilton

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” ~ Colossians 3:15

As I worship many Sunday’s in church, I find myself singing, praying and looking at the beautiful cross. Many times I reflect back to my upbringing – my parents, grandparents and a number of family were close by, but my maternal grandparents resided 80 miles north. I didn’t always agree with my parents’ guidance, but I knew they loved we girls. Mother was a great example. She always went to church where she was pianist and organist. My paternal grandmother was very active and my maternal grandmother up north was also very devout; and we all attended Christian Churches. My parents and grandparents were special, and I felt much love and support – and now, much respect, peace and love for my upbringing.

 A simple life then, but now there’s much more complexity and pandemonium. Still, where does one go without a church family? without God’s ever-present love and peace? I am thankful for my upbringing, but know that today we all need one another to remain faithful – and that God wants everyone in His family.


“Dear Father, we are thankful for faithful examples of those who have followed You. Help us in this complex world to turn to You for our peace. Thank You for Christ making a way for us and thank You for wanting all of us to be in Your family. Amen.”