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Advent Devotional 12/11/2019

Week 2: Peace

 Good morning!  Our devotional writer for today is Karen Bell Morgan.  While still in her first year in her new role as Associate Dean in Campus Life, Karen is no stranger to TCU having worked here for many years as an Assistant Dean in the same department.  She served as Program Director and Assistant Professor at the UNT Health Science Center during the time between those two roles before the university was able to bring her back to the TCU family.  I, for one, am beyond thrilled to have her back.  Her deep care and concern for our students is a product of her deep connection to her faith, which I believe makes her exceptional at her work.  Karen and I have endured several significantly stressful moments together over the years, and through it all I have found her to be a calm and peaceful presence.  It’s for that reason that I have asked her to write today’s devotional.  May her words of wisdom for us today assist you in finding the peace you need to face the day ahead.  Peace be with you…

2 Corinthians 13:11 

Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice!  Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace.  And the God of love and peace will be with you.  


The end of the fall semester is filled with so many activities- holiday concerts and parties, shopping for friends and family, grading, meeting with students and studying for final exams.  During this busy pace of the season, we can become overwhelmed by all of the things that we have to do.  In those times we often focus our attention on ourselves.  As we celebrate the Advent season let us remember to encourage each other and to live in peace.  Take a few moments to catch your breath, listen to the sounds of the season and exhale.

It’s just that simple, take a deep breath- hold it- now exhale.

Those few short steps can help us when we may feel discouraged or anxious.  As we wrap up the semester, let us encourage each other, take time to comfort a friend and strive to find peace around you.  Meditate each day on the love and peace that God provides.  The strength that we need to sustain ourselves during times of panic comes from the peace that He provides. Rest easy in knowing that He is with us.

Let us pray.

 God of love and peace we come thanking you for the solitude that You provide us during this busy season.  May we move forward uplifting those that we encounter.  We strive to be of calm minds, healthy bodies and rest in your peace.  Amen. 


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