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By Lois Parker Edstrom
OBJECTS SUGGESTED: Pillow or a child’s special blanket
What causes you to feel peaceful? Do you like being rocked in your mother’s lap? Do you feel peaceful when your father reads to you? Perhaps you have a special blanket that you use to help you feel calm and secure when you need to rest. A comfortable pillow can also help you drift off to sleep peacefully.
Some people are calmed by the sound of the sea. Others feel peaceful when they are warmed by sunshine or watch snowflakes fall. The sound of wind blowing through trees or seeing cows in a meadow can be a relaxing experience. What are other things that cause you to feel peaceful?
Feeling peaceful is a pleasant experience. Jesus talks about peace and his words are recorded in the Bible. Three times, as Jesus talks with his disciples before he ascended into heaven, he says, “Peace be to you” (20:19, 21, and 26). It seems Jesus wants his followers to feel peaceful.
Jesus also said,“Receive the Holy Spirit!” (20:22). The Holy Spirit is the part of God that lives within us. The Holy Spirit is the part of God that gives us peace. When we are upset or when we worry it is good to remind ourselves that God’s Spirit of Peace lives within us and is always with us.
Scripture quotations from the World English Bible
Copyright 2007, Richard Niell Donovan