Sharing peace in your neighbourhood

We continue the Covid challenge this week thinking about how we can bring the peace of God to those around us.

The peace of God is talked about often in the bible. It is one of the beautiful gifts that God has given us, a reminder not to worry, for God is with us. As Christians, we can sometimes take that for granted and even sometimes forget it ourselves! In Sydney currently in the middle of another week of lockdowns not sure what is to come and how long it will impact us, it is good to remind ourselves that God’s peace is there for us. As people of God not only are we given peace but we are carriers of God’s peace too.

This week how could you help bring peace to your community and neighbourhood? If you are anything like me your exercise is walking around your neighbourhood, how could you turn that into a prayer for your neighbourhood? How can you show the light and peace of God to everyone you meet along the way?

We only moved into our neighbourhood at the end of the last lockdown so we don’t know the neighbours very well, which has made connecting that little bit harder. Everyone is tired and impatient (including me!) and if we are truthful, worried.

So this weeks challenge bring a little peace to your hood. I am recommending making origami peace cranes and dropping them into your neighbours’ letterbox. When I first thought about this I was a bit overwhelmed, I live on a very long street! The challenge is to start. You may only manage 1 crane, and that is ok. You may only manage a short prayer for your neighbour. You may only manage walking around the block reciting this verse from John. The challenge of Covid is to lean out of our own struggle to help another and in doing so we help ourselves.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. John 14: 27

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Karen Mitchell-Lambert is ordained in the ministry of Deacon and is the team leader of PULSE.

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