Every Christmas I make a silly Christmas list and send it to my family. It is done in humor not expecting to ever receive the Austin-Healy 3000 or the red pick up truck, although my grandson did send me a Mr. Potato-Head I asked for this year.
At the top of the list year after year is “World Peace,” but I think I have a better chance at the Austin-Healy than World Peace.
I’ve been giving peace some thought this new year and I think I may have had it wrong all along.
In the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer we pray to the “God of peace, who has taught us that in returning and rest we shall be saved, and in quietness and in confidence shall be our strength.”
Instead of focusing on World peace, something I have little control over, my focus and all of our focuses should be on finding our own peace. One by one individuals at peace will gather and bring calm to the world.
May the God of peace, who calls each of us to be still and to know peace, find you, fill you, and abide with you every day of this and every year.
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