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You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in You. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal.

~ Isaiah 26:3-4

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!”

~ Isaiah 52:7

Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because He has come and has redeemed His people. He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David (as He said through His holy prophets of long ago), salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us – to show mercy to our fathers and to remember His holy covenant, the oath He swore to our father Abraham: to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve Him without fear in holiness and righteousness before Him all our days… because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.

~ Luke 1:68-80

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

~ Colossians 3:15

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

~ John 16:33

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Come what may, we trust in our Lord Jesus Christ: The same yesterday, today and forever. Not a man or a human being, but God Himself, appearing in a visible, mortal form of His very own. Truth and Love, come, crucified, and risen immortal once again. Amen.

Blessings and best wishes to all my readers in 2019. Happy New Year!

Notes: Today’s paintings are: Guido Reni’s “Saint James the Greater”, 1636–38; James Tissot’s “The Lord’s Prayer” (Le “Pater Noster”), 1886-96; Zachary Kinkade’s “Noah’s Ark”, 2015; Pascal Adolphe Jean Dagnan-Bouveret’s “Christ and the Disciples at Emmaus”, 1896-97; and Nicolas Bertin’s “The Resurrection of Christ”. Header image is a detail from Alessandro Magnasco’s “The Baptism of Christ”, 1740.

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May the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.

~ 2 Thessalonians 3:16