“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.” John 14:27

Mid-November, and I am on the front porch. Bright sunlight, warm air. I sit in jeans and cotton mock  neck, light shirt, and my old moth-holey “writerly” sweater. After last weeks frigid, snow-clad, even icy days, how delicious!

I sit, and with me sits the vase of still surviving mums that porch shelter and cold outer air must have worked together to preserve all week. Now and then a sparrow or a chickadee drops by, winter friends on nearby branches.

It’s getting late, and I have an errand to run, paint for the mudroom, but this is rare opportunity to grab, for a bit of outdoor sitting and semblance of stillness.

Semblance,  because heavy machinery rumbles around me, both north and south on the road, and a chorus of yellow lights are flashing, and now a distant loudspeaker squawks, and male voices exchange blurry words. And here comes the traffic guy in helmet and bright-light chartreuse, strolling the edge of the blacktop,  carrying his “stop” and “slow” sign, now stationing himself at the end of our driveway…

But only momentarily. Thankfully, he moves on.

Someone’s pounding or chopping across the way, and inside, dear husband’s running the shop vac, sweeping up plaster dust.

But it’s still still in the inward sense for me, as I savor another unexpected late-summer flashback.

It’s like a momentary peek from heaven beamed down through cloud cover like happens now and then  on autumn Earth. And even when resounding “boom!” of gunshout startles and jerks my pen into a scribble on my page, I think of heaven’s peace, Christ’s peace, which the child of God can enjoy, even amid earthlife’s hubbub.


“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.” John 14:27


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8 thoughts on “Peace Amid Hubbub

  1. The Lord is sweet to give us these treasured moments and to enable us to enjoy them even when there is hubbub going on around us! Blessings…

    1. Yep, Amy, definitely a gift from God, including the enablement for noise sensitive people like me to enjoy them even in the hubbub!

  2. Dear Sylvia
    I think the peace that comes from God is none other than the Person of Jesus Himself!! Living in Him and He in us allow us to feast on the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Yes, living in Jesus leads us to quiet waters on the inside and outer turmoil can never take that away from us.
    Blessings XX

    1. “He is our peace,” the word does tell us, doesn’t it, Mia? I know He’s my peace, that His presence is my peace-maker. I also know how readily I can grow quickly oblivious to His presence, distracted by all kinds of things in the world—and in me. That’s why the tagline for this blog voices the aim “toward living more fully the life in Christ.” I have His presence. Now, does He have mine? That’s the question that needs my answering each moment of each day, in hubbub or in stillness. Thanks again, Mia, for your visit and thoughtful comment.

    1. Nice to have you there with me, Pam. It would be fun in person, wouldn’t it? Moth-holey sweater and all! 😉

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