Day #1 – Peace

peaceWe are doing a very cool thing for the 25 days of December (Advent) – we are doing an Advent Photo-A-Day Challenge!  Folks are invited to take a photo each day for 25 days that is inspired by a specific word for that day.  Today’s word is “Peace” and the photo I posted is to the left of my article.  I debated on this because I also had a  photo of my daughter kissing my son on the cheek (and him allowing it), which could have easily been a “peaceful” type of photo.  But this particular photo had a purpose and a neat story.

I run at least once a week, but I strive for three runs.  My neighborhood is quite beautiful, but very hilly (i.e., very challenging!).  I took the difficult road recently – the road that is super hilly and steep.  On this route I realized that I’d get to cross the bridge that covers the stream that our neighborhood was named after.  I simply had to stop and take a photo. I stood there and listened – the sound of the water flowing over the rocks and the birds that were chirping was simply heavenly.  It was a peaceful moment as my heavy breathing subsided and I was able to stop and just “be.”  And, then, I began panting again as I finished my run.  The peaceful rest actually helped me climb the big hill!  I read somewhere that peace isn’t the absence of struggle, it’s the calm you find within it.  <deep sigh> yea, I like that.

This was a slice of heavenly “peace” in my chaotic world.  I reflect on that as the business of the holiday season is upon us – how do you find “peace” during this busy time?

If you would like to participate in this photo challenge, click HERE to see the info on Twitter or click HERE to catch us on Facebook.  This is a great way to reflect during Advent – like a photo prayer journal!  Enjoy!

About revmonica

I'm the Director of Growth Ministries at Williamsons Chapel United Methodist Church and the proud wife of Steve and mommy to Morgan and Gavin.
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