Grace and Peace

Grace and Peace

No sudden improvements in my ability to act with grace.  Learning is a slow process. So time to add another piece to the mix – peace that is.

Ephesians 4:2-4

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.  Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace

Unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace?  Really, I don’t feel like I have a bond of peace with…anyone. I was reading this morning and keep wondering about all the times in pregnancy where someone is giving advice or disagreeing with what I consider healthy choices.  Do I keep the unity of the Spirit?  Do I bear with one another in love?

Or do I ignore them, walk away and grumble about how uneducated they are?  I guess it really depends on how much I like the person. Important point to note–I can bear with someone in love.  I just need to want to.


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Jennifer Vanderlaan CNM MPH is the author of the website. She has been working with expectant families since 2000, training doulas and childbirth educators, and midwives. She has worked with midwives in Central America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Her interest in public health grew in 2010, and she is now a PhD student in a nursing program learning to become a producer of knowledge.

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