There is always opportunity to choose peace in a world that gives more opportunities for stirring up over settling down, peace must become a choice.
A happy way of life, being an instrument of God’s peace.
“Lord make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith
Where there is despair, hope
Where there is darkness, light
And where there is sadness, joy”
Prayer of St. Francis
Everyone’s disgruntled over one thing or the other and it’s broadcast “nationwide” for us to see, lured in constantly by not missing out or being left out of some loop.
Social media, the not so subtle vehicle for gossip and inciting conflict and confusion.
So, look away I tell myself.
Look up, seek peace while it may be found, look towards the clear blue sky, an open invitation saying here, “See, there is still peace for those who seek.”
This little building held a group of people called a coalition and while I differed from them in many ways, we began the meeting the same, a benediction, an invocation.
We stumbled over what to call it considering some there are offended by prayer.
And while I was once puffed up and offended over the avoidance of the name of Jesus, the verbal listing of titles and names of all inclusive beings and people
I listened. I didn’t know the one reading intended her words to be a prayer as in my head bowed down, my hands opened in my lap, an acceptance of heaven here on earth.
My eyes were not closed, my posture not bowed down, more open.
I listened and found a tiny place up high in the beautiful old room to fix my eyes.
I listened quietly as did the others as she read, happy to hear that our “focus” she had chosen was peace, happy to be reminded to live peacefully with others and with our Lord of peace, Jesus.
He is with us.
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all. – 2 Thessalonians 3:16