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Quiet Peace by Laura Rodgers

An Advent Devotion
The Canticles of Christmas
Week Two: The Magnificat

Friday, December 15

Habakkuk 3:2-6

His glory covered the heavens and his praise filled the earth. His splendor was like the sunrise. (Habakkuk 3:3-4)

Living in land-locked Missouri has its advantages, but as I get older, my heart longs more and more for the beach. When I retire, I hope to spend a lot of time there. This past year, I was fortunate to be on the beach twicespring break in Galveston, Texas and a September weekend in Clearwater, Florida.

On the first trip, I so enjoyed our balcony, which was about 100 yards from the water with an unobstructed view of the Gulf. Every morning I took my book, my phone and my coffee outside and spent some time there before the rest of my family crawled out of bed. In the relative quiet, as I watched a hotel employee vacuum and clean the pool area below, I would gaze out over the sand and palm trees to see the waves rolling in. Then the first light would appear as the dark blue sky gave way to shades of light blue, pink, yellow, and bright orange, and the sun’s rays shone outward to reveal the beautiful March day ahead. Quite a difference from the chilly morning we left behind at home, and it was splendid. On the first morning we were there, it took my breath away. On each of the subsequent mornings, the sunrise and the peaceful quiet allowed me to breathe in deeply and enjoy the refreshment that comes from vacation and time away from the daily routine of work, home, school and other responsibilities.

Like the glory of a beautiful sunrise, that quiet peace can be splendid. Life is busy. December is busy. Today marks a halfway point to the month and all its preparation and celebration. For each of us on this Advent journey, I pray for times of quiet peace. May we consciously breathe it in and let it fill our lungs, and indeed our very souls, with calm.

by Laura Rodgers


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