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::Devotional:: ‘A House Of Peace’

November 19, 2010

Yesterday I picked up the book Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and thumbed through some of the pages before stopping on a particular passage dealing with the front porch of a house.  In essence, a house with a porch promotes fellowship, conversation, communication, and independent thought.  It promotes rest and a slower paced life.  Something we could all use a little more of don’t you think?

If you aren’t familiar with the book it is a dystopian novel about censorship and the discouragement of independent thought.  The title refers to the temperature at which paper, books to be specific, bursts into flames as a means of control over the population.  Not only did they burn books but they removed the front porches from all houses.  Why?  Because they wanted people up and moving around – seeking entertainment and amusement and refusing to take the time to think.  It really is an interesting read.

With all of this in my mind from yesterday and thinking about the upcoming holiday season, which to be quite honest is typically full of hectic schedules and travel, I am searching for ways to simplify and slow down my pace of life.  My morning devotion in Proverbs confirmed that for me this morning.

Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife.  Proverbs 17:1

It’s better to have little with peace than much with strife.  It’s better to take the time to sit in a rocker on the porch (rockers were also a big deal in F 451 because they were too comfortable) than it is to run from here to there doing this and that every evening.  Here about a week or so ago my wife and I were gone from our home for several hours a night, every night of the week.  It’s too much.

Simplify life and slow down.  Enjoy the moments you have with family.  Be content with little and strive for the peace of God which passes all understanding.  Quiet yourself and listen for the guidance of God’s still small voice.

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

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