Moments Of Contentment

“…for I have learned to be content¬†whatever the circumstances” Phil 4:11 If anyone knew about “tornado days” – those days when projects and deadlines fly around you in a flurry – it was the apostle Paul. He wrote to the Corinthians that in the course of his life he was beaten to the point of death with whips and rods; stoned and left for dead; shipwrecked; in peril from rivers, bandits and seas; sleepless and hungry; cold and without adequate clothing; and persecuted virtually everywhere he went. Yet he was able to say to the Philippians, in essence, “I have learned to be at peace, no matter what happens.” Paul had learned the key to inner contentment.¬†content That peace, born of the Spirit in our hearts, is something we should each cherish. When stressful situations attempt to rob us of our peace, we need to ask the Lord to renew His presence within us. This prayer by Louis Bromfield seems to have been written for just those times:

“Oh Lord, I thank you for the privilege and the gift of living in a world filled with beauty and excitement and variety.

I thank you for the gift of loving and being loved, for the friendliness and understanding and beauty of the animals on the farm and in the forest and marshes, for the green of the trees, the sound of a waterfall, the darting beauty of the trout in the brook.

I thank you for the delights of music and children, of other men’s thoughts and conversation and their books to read by the fireside or in bed with the rain falling on the roof or the snow blowing past outside the window.”

You may not be in a place where you have great beauty around you, but you can close your eyesand imagine yourself in such a place. Make that secret chamber of your heart your place of prayer, your place to experience contentment.

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