Friday, December 10, 2010

FAVE Five ~ Peace

Welcome back to our FAVE Five
hosted by our dear friend,
Susanne at Living to tell a Story.
That's what Christmas is all about.

This week we lit the second candle. Peace. "I am leaving you with a gift--peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don't be troubled or afraid." John 14:27

A weekly highlight is hearing my daughter's voice. She's in lockdown as she explains to me about the hopelessness that she feels for the country of Haiti. Haitian protesters have set fire to buildings, clashed violently with UN peacekeepers and shut down the capital's airport to express their anger at the choice of candidates for a second round of presidential elections. We are expecting our "Sweet Mikki " to be home at Christmas...Her role is working as a rehab therapist amidst the disabled. How does one bring Peace to a war torn country?

Another highlight this past week, was a grand reunion for some of us who had not seen each other for almost forty years. We were all friends, either in high school, church youth group or Bible School. We laughed, we chatted, we ate, we cried and just enjoyed our special time together. Sometimes life hands us a deck of cards, and we have no clue how we can see PEACE in our circumstances....I'm sure many of us have laid awake in the wee hours of the night thinking...Perfect Peace?
What does that mean? Does that even make sense? For each one of us it means something different, but the four of us, we all understood what God's Perfect Peace meant for our futures.

Another wonderful event that warmed my heart this week was taking in the drama at the The Lights of Christmas, down at Warm Beach, WA. It was one spectacular event that had us laughing as they performed the ever popular, Uff Da! It's Christmas. It's a story of the Scandinavian families immigrating and settling in America, but through this story, I saw one tight knit family building traditions based on their cultural roots in Europe. They were determined to bring their culture with them... Did they succeed? This drama will keep you smiling and laughing.

These dear women were amazing...They were making the family recipes, and keeping those recipes a secret, not to be shared with any one...Oh yes, the secret, was, a pound of butter, a pound of flour, a pound of sugar and a pound of laughter. And they joyfully animated the joy of creating these recipes in their kitchens, with the hopes of handing them down to the younger generations.
I'm sure that all the gals who contribute on the MGCC blog...could of seen themselves in this wonderful vignette. Maybe we have a cookbook...coming...but watch out for the drama that is on the verge of erupting soon!

Once again, as you leave this wonderful community in Warm Beach one cannot depart without knowing God's Peace as the story of the birth of Christ unfolds as you walk through,
The Lights of Christmas. It's the Peace of knowing that good news has come on earth. It's the peace of knowing that all is truly well, that the light has shined in the darkness, it's a heavenly peace. My prayer for all of you is that even through the busyness of your thoughts, that you will truly feel God's Peace as we near the miracle of this holy night.


16 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you will get to see your daughter. Who knows what kind of impact she is making towards peace by just being there, maybe her life touches others and ultimatly that promotes peace.

    Love hearing about the play :)

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  2. Your week has certainly been full. We are so blessed in the things we have and often take for granted. My prayers go out to your daughter for her safety and for the people she is trying to help. I'm glad you get to see her soon. Also, what a great thing to do -to reunite with old friends! Have another great week!

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  3. Wow what a difference I am sure your daughter is making in such a difficult place!! I am sure it was just wonderful to catch up with old friends. And I love how you wrote about peace when life hands you tough times......yes I get that. I am in the middle of a tough time and I have a peace!

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  4. Thanks for your post. We're in the middle of a tough time - supporting our son and family who are in a rough stretch in their lives - yet we have the PEACE that passes understanding. That PEACE is not a feeling but a Person - Jesus!

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  5. There is so much peace of mind and heart in a phone call from a daughter. I'm glad yours called and is safe.

    I love getting together with old friends. You just pick up where you left off. Glad you had that opportunity this week.

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  6. Loved your favs as they relate to peace Marg. So good to read. It is hard to comprehend the suffering and chaos in Haiti. Will continue to pray for Mikki's safe arrival home.
    How great that all you gals could have a reunion like that! :0)

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  7. Peace can be found in so many places when we just take the time to look. God bless your daughter as she continues her work! Thanks for the reminder about peace in this busy season!

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  8. Beautifully expressed, Marg! ... I like the "friend" photo and how you could have a special time together, reminiscing and sharing from your hearts... things that you cannot put into words... but as moms and grandmas we all understand. Like you said, peace is something different for each of us and it helps to put it into perspective when you see suffering.

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  9. Marg. ..I was here very early this morning and had to leave super quick as I was planning on a read in the dark . .and couldn't find my silence button for the notebook. . .so I'm back.
    What a beautiful tribute to the peace that only God can give. . and to the care you feel for those around you.
    Your program down south. .sounds fantastic.

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  10. What a lovely post, Marg!

    Blessings on your daughter who is trying to help those in need in such a hard place.

    Love the photo of you and your friends. What a special time that must been all together.

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  11. Good re-cap, Marg...of some of the highlights of the season. I so enjoyed sharing some of those moments with you.

    May we all find peace of mind and heart...even as we know that all is not well in the world around us. Continuing to pray for Mikki.

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  12. Marg ~ I love your new blog photo...
    So Christmas, so warm!
    Your fave five is great this week. I will keep your daughter in prayer. She is very brave and what an offering of love she makes.
    I can't imagine living in so much unrest.
    I hope you have a wonderful weekend filled with peace and more joy~
    blessings to you always*
    Maria

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  13. Peace be with you, Marg!
    We are so lucky in our country. Thanks to your daughter for trying to make a difference.

    Often we take for granted things we are so blessed with the most.
    Have a great week

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  14. Marg, your fab five warmed my heart. We do have so many blessings in our lives.

    There is so much sadness in Haiti and so many other places. It is hard to understand why some places never seem to find peace or strive. Thank God for the many that lend their efforts and talents and prayers.

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  15. Marg, your fave five of joy brought joy to me too.
    Blessings..

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  16. What lovely Advent traditions you've built in your family. Those are the memories that your kids carry into their family. I'm so happy with you that Mikki is now back safely in Canada. Even though she has had to come home, her work was not in vain. I know God has used her mightily in that poor country.

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