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On this, the first day of Thanksgiving week, we live in a world of trouble and unrest:

Our eyes crying over the sight of a world in turmoil;

Our hearts grieving with compassion for the hurting;

Our ears hearing the shattering of broken hearts;

Our stomachs churning with dread of the next tragedy;

Our spirits sorrowing for the helpless and hopeless.

We might ask, “In these circumstances, what have we to be thankful for?” That was the circumstances in the world of Gideon approximately three thousand years ago.

I invite your attention to this excerpt from Jehovah-Shalom, My Comfort/Peace posted under God’s Provision on my blog.

The young man, Gideon, who became the sixth judge of Israel, had been able to save some of his father’s wheat from the fields.  He hid it behind the winepress in order to thresh it.  An angel appeared to Gideon and hailed him as a mighty man of valor.  After Gideon had a conversation with the angel, he prepared food according to  instructions, and the angel caused fire to consume the food.  Then the angel departed from sight but not from sound.  Gideon is stricken with terror as he recognized that the angel was the Lord.  He calls out to the Lord God, who says, ”Peace be unto thee; fear not, thou shalt not die.” Gideon built an altar and called it Jehovah-shalom, shalom is most often translated “peace.”  Thus we meet the God of Peace/Comfort.


Please use the link above to read my essay (a chapter from my thesis called To Know His Name) regarding God who wants to be peace and comfort to us in spite of circumstances.  He is the God who deserves our thanksgiving.  He is faithful even if we are not. (2 Timothy 2:13)

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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  1. Debbie L says:

    This is beautiful! I’ll read the post at the link you’ve provided.

  2. Dawn Marie says:

    I know you’re working on repairing the link you have listed…I will keep checking back in hopes you are able to repair so that we may enjoy more of your wisdom. Hugs & I’ll pray a cyber-angel be sent your way to assist you!!

  3. dawnlizjones says:

    Oh, so timely and timeless.

  4. dawnlizjones says:

    I just connected with your full essay-beautiful! And retweeted! Great quote: ” He was at peace with God, but he was not yet at peace with the circumstances around him.” And I love the part also about thanksgiving opening the portal of peace. Beautiful!

    • oneta hayes says:

      Thank you, dawnliz. I’m amazed when I see people who go through tragic events and come out with what seems like even more faith and peace with God. Only He can make that happen. I can see why sceptics scoff. I also see why Christians smile. And I guess both do a little of both sometimes, but God’s plan is for us to rest in Him.

  5. shoreacres says:

    There’s the rainbow, again. It, and the dove, are such comforting symbols of peace and wholeness.Your post’s a lovely way to begin Thanksgving week.

    • oneta hayes says:

      Yes, it is a companion to your “Rainbow” a few days ago. And this post (God of Comfort/Peace) has its companion piece with your “Where Gratitude Abides.” We have been dwelling on similar thoughts these past few days – probably both inspired by the thought of Thanksgiving coming up. Thanks for your response.

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    • oneta hayes says:

      The complete chapter is at
      Thank you so much for your encouraging words. I’ll try another excerpt tomorrow with this link again. Maybe it will be right. Pam, when I enter this URL in my post, do I maybe I forget to underline. Do you think that might be my problem? I read someplace where it said “hover my cursor over” URL and it would link? That doesn’t seem to work. I might have misread. Thanks for your help to me and others, esp. through the alumni.

  7. Would like to read, cannot get there

  8. oneta hayes says:

    Bill, maybe this will do it. I haven’t mastered “links” very well. I plan to do another excerpt to put on tomorrow and give another try at a proper link. Try: Yes, I believe this will do it.

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