Drive far from us all wrong desires, incline our hearts to keep your law, and guide our feet into the way of peace. – Collect for Renewal of Life, Book of Common Prayer.
When we hear the word “peace” usually our minds turn to wars, violence, oppression, and terror. We can’t all be world leaders, but we can be peacemakers, each and every one of us. Parents are often peacemakers between squabbling siblings. Friends intervene when couples can’t find common ground. The world is full of professionals who are trained as counselors, therapists, and clergy who seek to bring peace to those who are at war with someone or themselves. But there is also a “peace” that doesn’t involve conflict between people or demands.
I’m talking about a calm of spirit. A presence that defies description or understanding, but is easily recognized when we see or experience it. As the collect suggests it is when we are free of desire, our hearts are full of love, and our steps are following a pathway free of conflict. What I am describing is the peace of God that is available to each of us.
As you move, walk or meditate today, continue to reflect on the Peace of God and how you can be at peacemaker in all areas of your life.
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