Rev. LeSette M. Wright, EdM, MA, MDiv.
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And seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive, and pray to the LORD for it; for in its peace you will have peace.

Jeremiah 29:7

Have you ever taken the time to think about the term peace? What does peace actually mean? Doing a biblical word study on peace is very insightful. The Old Testament Shalom is pregnant with meaning. One of my favorite passages that speak of God’s Shalom is Jeremiah 29. 

This chapter reveals many things, one of which is to live holistically as people of God regardless of life’s circumstances. In Jeremiah 29, the people of God were in captivity in Babylon. God sends a message to His people through Jeremiah commanding them to Seek the Peace of the City! This message was revolutionary and altogether contrary to the “words of wisdom” being given by the prophets of that time. And this word is still relevant and revolutionary for us today!

I pray that you would seek the peace of the city where God has carried you, and pray to the LORD for it; for in its peace you will have peace.  Our peace is intimately tied to the peace of our families, communities and nation.  As we follow the command to seek God's peace for others, we understand that God's peace is a holistic peace.  God’s peace speaks of reconciling humankind to himself, as well as our being reconciled to one another.  This is true healing, true wholeness!  This is my wish for you.  


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