Peace under Pressure

Acts 27 records the Apostle Paul’s sea voyage to the city of Rome.  The ship on which he was sailing encountered a severe storm and was eventually shipwrecked.  In the midst of that difficulty, Paul maintained a tremendous sense of peace.  His experience reminds us that the power for peace under pressure comes from the presence of Christ.

An Instrument of Peace

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is discord, unity.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is error, truth.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is sadness, joy.
Where there is darkness, light.
O divine master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console.
To be understood, as to understand.
To be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving, that we receive.
It is in pardoning, that we are pardoned.
It is in dying, that we are born to eternal life.

(Francis of Assisi)