As I was thinking about peace for Sunday’s worship, I was having a hard time coming up with one, single definition of peace. Then I remembered the fabulous children’s book, “The Peace Book,” by Todd Parr. I love Todd Parr’s books. His bright, colorful style always makes me smile. Each page begins with, “peace is…” and then shares an example of what peace can look or feel like. 

Peace is making new friends. 
Peace is helping your neighbor.
Peace is sharing a meal. 
Peace is planting a tree.

So many of the pages reflect the interconnected nature of peace. We feel peace in our beings, our bodies, our minds, but we also feel peace in and through our ways of being community together. Today I invite you to make your own pages to “The Peace Book.” What does peace look like to you? What does peace feel like? Grab some markers or crayons and illustrate your examples of peace, knowing that the peace of God is bigger than we can imagine. 

In Peace, Pastor Ruth

Let us pray:
Lead us, Gracious God, and shape us by the grace of Christ and the inspiration of your Holy Spirit. Open our hearts to expand our understanding of gentleness and peace, that we may grow in our ability to reflect your love and grace to those we meet this day. All this we ask in the name of Christ, Amen.