Time for Comfort: Making Peace (Jeremiah 29:11)

“For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.” -Jeremiah 29:11

I have spent so much time and energy in planning mode: rewriting to do lists, juggling calendar requests, running from one event to the next. And no matter how efficient I am, how quickly I move, nor how early I rise, or how much multitasking I do, there is always more– more opportunities, more chores, more books to be read, more connections to make.

In the book that inspired this series, Oliver Burkeman writes, “Once you stop believing that it might somehow be possible to avoid hard choices about time, it gets easier to make better ones.”

How freeing to realize: there will always be more that could be done. Accepting that reality allows me to invest my energy in discernment and into the commitments I do make. What if living at peace didn’t require resolving all of life’s problems, challenges and tension, but instead embracing that it is all part of the journey? 

May I be at peace, O God, trusting in your good future for me, which unfolds one day at a time. Amen.

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Some Comfort and Joy was developed as a devotional resource that follows the rhythms and seasons of the liturgical year from an Anabaptist-Mennonite perspective.

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