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April 14, 2018 by Lynwood Broaddus (Virginia)

Who would have thought two fingers — the peace sign — would make such a difference?  I flash the peace sign to motorists and individuals I meet when I run.  The physical gesture of the two fingers is to represent God’s peace, and the short prayer I say for the individuals who pass by is to bestow a blessing from God on them.  Although most don’t notice or show any sign of acknowledgment, some smile or wave. 

On a hot, humid August morning in Chincoteague, Virginia, someone responded back with the peace of God.  I was soaked with sweat, but exhilarated.  It was thrilling and life-changing to realize someone had bestowed the peace of God on me.

As Kurt Kaiser's song, "Pass It On," says, “It only takes a spark to get a fire going and soon all those around can warm up in its glowing.”  Imagine what our communities, our nation, and even our world would be like if we offered the peace of God and prayed for everyone we encountered.  Let us all choose to go and spread God’s peace.

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I join many of those who will pray for you as you seek to discern what you are called to be at this moment. May God grant you the courage to fulfill that calling. May we all open our eyes and see the misery, open our ears and hear the cries of God’s people, and, like God through the Lord Jesus Christ, be incarnate amongst them.” 

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