Learning from Below

There remains an experience of incomparable value. We have for once learned to see the great events of world history from below, from the perspective of the outcasts, the suspects, the maltreated — in short, from the perspective of those who suffer. Mere waiting and looking on is not Christian behavior. Christians are called to compassion and to action.

~~~~Dietrich Bonheoffer (Letters from Prison, p.16)

Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”

~~~Luke 15:1


There have perhaps been few times in the history of our country when Bonheoffer’s assertion that we learn from below is more true than now. We are facing a perfect storm of unrest and uncertainty . This has rattled even the most serene among us. We must remember that the scripture and Jesus himself have always told us to be aware and responsive to the down and out of our society.

Too often we ignore the cry of the needy or treat it in a patriarchal way. The time has come for us to listen and learn so that we will gain the credibility to advise and teach. As Bonheoffer says, “waiting and looking on is not Christian behavior.” Sometimes it is difficult to rethink our perspectives, but the time has come. Perhaps we have waited and looked long enough. All action should be done in the context of the Christian tradition of selflessness. Nowhere in all of the words of scripture is lawlessness or violence tolerated.

The time has come for us to feed the hungry and clothe the naked, and do it out of care and love. Too often we have done this out of obligation, guilt or ,heaven forbid, to gain recognition. Such motives can lead to resentment and even a feeling of superiority. Never forget that Jesus said, “Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Those words were a sea change moment for his disciples. Children were without power and wealth and of little value. Perhaps we are living in a time like that. Let’s look for the little children of our day and do so with peace and love.


Prayer

Lord, It’s hard to learn from people we see as beneath us. We acknowledge that all are created in your image and have value in your sight. Help us to look to all with respect and kindness’ so that we might together create a better world. Give us this day an opportunity to learn and grow with such a goal in sight.

Amen

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Musings #18-Work

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The greatest example of work is found in Monasteries, because their manual labor is considered part of their sacred calling. Monks fill a good portion of their day in work that serves the monastery and the world at large. Every member of the monastery is assigned some daily work.

The Rule of Benedict insists on work as an important part of the monk’s labor of obedience. The Rule does not put work above everything else or single out one type of work as more monastic than all others. Monks show their love by serving one another in whatever work they do, invoking God’s blessing on tasks large and small. They share in God’s continuing creation while supporting themselves by earnings and by producing for their needs.

There is no reason that we, as non-monastics, could not have the same approach to our work. Think how much it would change your world if you saw your work as part of a holy calling. Monks for many years have linked work and prayer. Work does not have to be a separate and very distasteful part of your life. Your work no matter how mundane, can be offered up to God.

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Just imagine what a wonderful blessing it would be if we rethought our concept of work and allowed it to be a part of our prayer lives. No matter what task you perform, it comes from the talent and strength that God has instilled in you when he created you. That alone makes work a sacred act. We have spent too much of our time and effort trying to eliminate work instead of embracing it as part of our devotion to God.

In this piece I offer some scriptures and quotes that I hope can serve as a starting point to look at the work you do and why you do it.

The old man said to one of the brothers that he never stopped

his manual labor, but his prayer ascended continually before God.

He was very humble and very stable.

~~~Sayings of The Desert Fathers 


Quotes BannerIf there are artisans in the monastery, let them work at their arts with all humility.

~~~Saint Benedict of Nursia

I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.

~~~Thomas Jefferson

When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.

~~~Paulo Coelho

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

~~~Thomas Edison

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.

~~~Robert Louis Stevenson

The old man said of one of the brothers never stopped is manual labor but it’s prayer ascended continually before God. He was very humble and very stable.

~~~Sayings of the desert fathers

Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.

~~~Franklin D. Roosevelt

The future depends on what you do today.

~~~Mahatma Gandhi

Do more than is required. What is the distance between someone who achieves their goals consistently and those who spend their lives and careers merely following? The extra mile.

~~~Gary Ryan Blair

The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.

~~~Confucius

Without work, all life goes rotten. But when work is soulless, life stifles and dies.

~~~Albert Camus

Works of art make rules but rules do not make works of art.

~~~Claude Debussy


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Scripture BannerWhatever your task, put yourselves into it, as done for the Lord and not for your masters, since you know that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward; you serve the Lord Christ.

—Colossians 3:23-24

Thieves must give up stealing; rather let them labour and work honestly with their own hands, so as to have something to share with the needy

—Ephesians 4:28

Let the favour of the Lord our God be upon us,

and prosper for us the work of our hands—

O prosper the work of our hands!

—Psalm 90:17

Those who till their land will have plenty of food,

but those who follow worthless pursuits have no sense.

—Proverbs 12:11

The appetite of the lazy craves, and gets nothing,

while the appetite of the diligent is richly supplied.

—Proverbs 13:4

It is the farmer who does the work who ought to have the first share of the crops.

—2 Timothy 2:6

The hand of the diligent will rule,

while the lazy will be put to forced labour.

—Proverbs 12:24

I know that there is nothing better for them than to be happy and enjoy themselves as long as they live; moreover, it is God’s gift that all should eat and drink and take pleasure in all their toil. I know that whatever God does endures for ever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it; God has done this, so that all should stand in awe before him. That which is, already has been; that which is to be, already is; and God seeks out what has gone by.

—Ecclesiastes 3:12-15

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved by him, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly explaining the word of truth.

— 2 Timothy 2:15

This is what I have seen to be good: it is fitting to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of the life God gives us; for this is our lot.

—Ecclesiastes 5:18

Prayer BannerLord, Allow me to offer my daily toil as a sacred act of devotion. Let me not feel as though my work takes me away from you, but that it brings me closer. I recognize that the works of my hands are a product of your Divine creation. I can do nothing without you. Bless me as I toil.

Amen

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Mystery of Being

The ultimate Mystery of being, the ultimate Truth, is Love. This is the essential structure of reality. When Dante spoke of the ‘love which moves the sun and the other stars’, he was not using a metaphor, but was describing the nature of reality. There is in Being an infinite desire to give itself in love and this gift of Self in love is forever answered by a return of love….and so the rhythm of the universe is created.

~~~Venerable Bede

The ultimate truth and mystery of life is love. The absence of love leads people to do some very dark things that hurt, destroy, and ravage those who are near them. Perhaps there is no greater need in the world that to discover the power of love.

The love I refer to is not one that gives us all that we want but a love that requires something of us. It requires that we know that we are loved. When people realized that they are loved by their creator with an unlimited and endless love they can love themselves and others. Perhaps the greatest need of most people is a positive self-love. Godly self-love brings peace and harmony. It is the type of harmony that allows neighbors to live at peace with one another even when they are different. This love allows husbands and wives to respect and cherish one another in the worst of times. It is a love that is promised by God. We need only receive it and by doing so, we can share a boundless love with the world.

Venerable Bead called it the mystery of being. Without this discovery we are doomed to live in self-hatred and doubt. Mysteries are hard to solve and perhaps the mystery of love has been the hardest that people have ever faced. It is one that requires that we look way beyond ourselves and to the God that made us in His image. The solution is to claim and capture that image and to spread it to all that we touch.

We all go about our lives trying to find ways to discover the love of God. Sadly, we think that we can discover the mystery with rules or practices that are man made and explainable. Nothing could be further from the truth. The mystery of being remains a mystery. We are called to embrace the mystery and allow the love of God to flow through us. God will not totally reveal himself to you, but He does love you and will give you the strength to love others

Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.

~~~The Living Bible





Prayer

Lord, I want to surrender to the mystery of being. Let me this day know that you are the essence of love. Your love created the world and will sustain it. Guide me as I flounder with my own methods of finding you, and touch me in a way that allows me to discover you. With that discovery my life will be complete.

Amen

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CHARACTER

Line 1CHARACTER – The estimate formed of a person’s quality; reputation; good repute.

(Oxford Dictionary)

We are fast approaching an election that will decide the White House, the House of Representatives and one third of the Senate. I do not know about you, but I will be voting based on the character of the candidate and their philosophy will be a distant second. We have seen, repeatedly, that people of character make good decisions even when those decisions do not agree with their political philosophy. That is what made our country a great nation, and it is the way we can stay great.

Character is also the key to the resurgence of the church. We have seen in the past twenty years a true decline in the church. People are too busy or just not interested. My strong belief is that, while there is a great deal of truth to the previous statement, we have a deeper problem. We can never rebuild the faith community that we call the church, until we make character building the focus of our ministry. Somewhere on the journey we have lost our way and focused on either permissive freedom or harsh rules to define the church.

Character is built by knowing who and what we are from the inside out. Too often church people seek their direction from outward sources and neglect the inner strength of character that comes from being a person of faith and prayer. Read the scriptures and meditate on them, and God will build your character and give you some answers in the most difficult of situations. These answers will be spiritually based and not as difficult as trying to enforce a rule or being so free that we lack forethought or direction. Paul describes those spiritually directed answers this way, “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.” That is our goal – to become children of God.

Children of God know how to be honest and truthful. Children of God are always putting others first and themselves last. Children of God talk to the Father about anything and everything. Children of God are not afraid to do the right thing when it is not the popular thing. Children of God bring light into a room and calm in the midst of calamity. Do you get it? Children of God are persons of character that make the world a better place.

I share this verse as a blueprint for character development.


If we sow a thought, we reap an act;

If we sow an act, we reap a habit;

If we sow a habit, we reap character;

If we sow character, we reap a destiny.

—Michael P. Green

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The best index to a person’s character is how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and how he treats people who can’t fight back.

~~~Abigail Van Buren

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.

~~~Abraham Lincoln

Top 15 Things Money Can’t Buy- Time. Happiness. Inner Peace. Integrity. Love. Character. Manners. Health. Respect. Morals. Trust. Patience. Class. Common sense. Dignity.

~~~Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.

~~~John Wooden

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.

~~~Helen Keller

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

~~~Martin Luther King Jr.

A man’s true character comes out when he’s drunk.

~~~Charlie Chaplin

Education as far as object the formation of character.

~~~Herbert Spencer

People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.

~~~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The wise have a solid sense of silence and the ability to keep a storehouse of secrets. Their capacity and character are respected.

~~~Baltasar Gracian

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And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,

—Romans 5:3-4

Do not be deceived:

‘Bad company ruins good morals.’

—1 Corinthians 15:33

Now a bishop must be above reproach, married only once, temperate, sensible, respectable, hospitable, an apt teacher,

—1 Timothy 3:2

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.

—Romans 8:14

The wicked flee when no one pursues,

  but the righteous are as bold as a lion.

—Proverbs 28:1

For many live as enemies of the cross of Christ; I have often told you of them, and now I tell you even with tears.

—Philippians 3:18

Prayer BannerLord, I seek to develop character that only you can give me. I pledge myself today to seek your direction and wisdom so that I may become of person of authentic character. that comes from the heart. Let my life be rooted in truth and faith in you so that I may, by nature, do what is right and good.

Amen

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I Must Be Me


It is not humility to insist on being someone that you are not. It is as much as saying that you know better than God who you are and who you ought to be. How do you expect to arrive at the end of your own journey if you take the road to another man’s city? How do you expect to reach your own perfection by leading somebody else’s life? His sanctity will never be yours; You must have the humility to work out your own Salvation in a darkness where you are absolutely alone.

And so, it takes heroic humility to be yourself and to be nobody but the man, or the artist, that God intended you to be.

~~~Thomas Merton – New Seeds of Contemplation



We all seek to find ways to better ourselves. We want to be richer, wiser, more pious than we are today. The challenge becomes the way we achieve those goals. Most of us are convinced that God made a mistake when he created us. He meant for us to be smarter, better, and simply different than what we see in ourselves. Somewhere along the way some well-meaning Christian decided that it was a sign of humility to disown ourselves. I could not possibly say that I was, or was becoming, a perfected creation of God. If we could just find someone, some model that we could copy, things would be alright. We say that we must be like them in order to be humble.

Merton tells us that it is just the opposite. In denying ourselves in that way, we are denying the providence of God. That is not true humility. True humility is to continue to struggle with who we are and to become who God made us to be. God creates each of us in a unique way and want us to thrive in the reality of ourselves. He has something in mind for us and will get us to that point. He never promised it would be easy.

Next time you look at someone and think, that is who I want to be, remember, God wants you to be just the way he made you. The psalmist says, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” God made you to be YOU.

Each of us has some rough spots that we must smooth, but he created us in his multifaceted image. That is why we are all different. We can never be someone else no matter how hard we try.


Prayer

LORD, Let me be humble enough to be the person you created. My short comings and failures are the rocky roads that you have set before me as I journey to your Kingdom. Please give me the humility to live with the flaws that you have given me and know that they are the road to you. I must never stop trying to usher in your Kingdom.



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THIS WEEK -PATIENCE

Patience – The capacity for calm endurance with pain, trouble, inconvenience – forbearance under provocation, tolerance of the faults or limitations of other people. Calm

A teacher had just finished putting the last pair of galoshes on her preschoolers—thirty-two pairs in all. The last little girl said, “You know what, teacher? These aren’t my galoshes.”

The teacher removed them from the girl’s feet. Then the little girl continued, “They are my sister’s, and she let me wear them.” The teacher quietly put them back on her pupil.

Now that’s patience!

Patience is a virtue that we all strive to have. Our world teaches us by default to be impatient. Streaming videos, text messages, ATMS, online payments allow us to get and do what we want instantaneously. There is no need to ever wait because you can get it now. I think that such things are good. None want to go back to postal mail, going to the movies and paying bills at the payment window of each company.

This new way does bring with it a loss of the art of being patient. We are being an increasingly impatient and demanding society. Nothing happens quite fast enough; we have been spoiled by technology and convenience and have become a demanding and impatient society. The cashier, the waiter, the cook does not move fast or efficiently enough for us. We want satisfaction now!

Our creator looks at this in a different way. The psalmist says,” I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry.” God is trying to teach us to wait and in due time we will receive. That is awfully hard for us in the world we have created. To receive the most important things of life we must wait. This waiting makes the virtue of patience especially important. As a matter of fact, it makes it essential to having a peaceful life.

Road rage,domestic violence, drug use, murder, robbery are all symptoms, though extreme ones, of our lack of patience. God wants us to learn to wait and grow as we journey through life. He calls on us to be observers and stewards of the earth. He wants us to be kind to the less fortunate and loving to the children. God says when we have done it to the least, we have done it to him. Perhaps we can think this week about what it means to be patient.

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Our patience will achieve more than our force. ~~~Edmund Burke

The two most powerful warriors are patience and time ~~~Leo Tolstoy

To lose patience is to lose the battle. ~~~Mahatma Gandhi

Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting. ~~~Unknown

Learning patience can be a difficult experience, but once conquered, you will find life is easier. ~~~Catherine Pulsifer

One minute of patience, ten years of peace. ~~~Greek proverb

One moment of patience may ward off great disaster. One moment of impatience may ruin a whole life. ~~~Chinese Proverb

Two things define you: your patience when you have nothing and your attitude when you have everything. ~~~George Bernard Shaw

Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting. ~~~Anonymous

Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet. ~~~Aristotle

Patience attracts happiness; it brings near that which is far. ~~~Swahili Proverb

Patience is a purifying process that refines understanding, deepens happiness, focuses action, and offers hope for peace. ~~~Dieter F. Uchtdorf

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Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant. Corinthians 13:4

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love Ephesians 4:2

I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. Psalm 40:1

Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly. Proverbs 14:29

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12

Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him;

do not fret over those who prosper in their way,

over those who carry out evil devices. Psalm 37:7

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 2 Peter 3:8

Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3

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Prayer

Lord, I seek patience in an impatient and demanding world. I seek to be like you and to know that this world is your creation, and in due time, will fulfill your purpose. Help me to be patient as I go though my daily routine. Give me the grace to be patient with those that I encounter each moment. Help me to be patient with myself as I struggle though life’s journey. Allow me to see your plan even as I try to force things into my time frame.

Amen

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The “Oughts” of Life

Line 1It is hard to live in the present. The past and the future keep harassing us. The past with guilt the future would worries. So many things have happened in our lives about which we feel uneasy, regretful, angry, confused, or, at least, ambivalent. And all these feelings are often colored by guilt. Guilt says: “You ought to have done something other than what you did ; You ought to have said something other than what you said. These “oughts” keep us feeling guilty about the path and prevent us from being fully present to the moment.

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It is hard to live in the present without the past and the future harassing us. Our past burdens us with guilt the future with worries. So many things have happened in our lives about which we feel uneasy, regretful, angry, or confused. And all these feelings are often colored by guilt. Nouwen tells us: “Guilt says: You ought to have done something other than what you did ; You ought to have said something other than what you said. These “oughts” keep us feeling guilty about the path and prevent us from being fully present to the moment.” We need to flee from this guilt.

When I was growing up, it seems that a lot of people had a plan for my life. When college came around there were people who knew without a doubt what I should pursue .Others knew what I ought to do, and if for some reason I disagreed they were disappointed and wanted me, by accident or design, to feel guilty. As you get older these things fade into the background only to be replaced by other “oughts,” but they continued to be the guilt producing hindrances of life.

The next great guilt producing ought is the future. What should I do to prepare for the future? Am I proactive enough to be truly prepared? Is my profession disappearing? These sorts of questions wreck happiness and productivity in the now. That is not what God wants for his creation. I am convinced of that beyond a doubt.

A few years ago Christian writer, Tony Campolo, wrote a book titled-Carpe Diem- Seize the Day. That is what our creator wants for us. He desires that we live each day to the fullest with optimism about the future and peace with the past. We must grab the day and live it for the glory of God and our own self being. We spend far too much time analyzing and not enough time living. The key is to grasp the idea that as we seek the kingdom of God all else will come clear. Our primary direction has to be looking toward a loving and forgiving God who forgives the past and holds the future. He told Jeremiah ,”For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” He went on to tell the exiles to prosper in the land where they were exiled.  We must accept the forgiveness of God , live the day, and not fear the future.

May God give you the strength to see life in such a way.

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Prayer

Lord, I come to you in this time of fear and confusion and ask you to give me the strength to live this day to the fullest. Allow me to enjoy and relish the blessings that you have given me. Might I call upon your might to climb the hills and navigate the uneven ground that is before me. Might I never lose sight of the importance and blessing of each day of life.

Amen

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Peace

THIS WEEK -PEACE

Peace – Freedom from, or cessation of, war or hostility; the state of nation or community in which It is not at war with another. Freedom from disturbance or perturbation, especially as a condition of an individual; quiet, tranquility.

(Oxford Dictionary)

The word peace has a variety of implications. We all know that peace is an absence of war or conflict, but it is much more. Peace relives us of anxiety, worry and even physical illnesses. A person who lives with a sense of inner peace can face the toughest of times. That inner peace acts as a shield to the arrows of harm and difficulty that are directed their way. The scripture puts it this way-” Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7) When  we surrender ourselves to the care of Jesus, we discover a peace that is beyond this world.


The peace of Christ will lead to the solution of those times of conflict and strife that we face. We live in times of peril and strife, and I believe that a great deal of it comes from our refusal to call on the one who gives real peace. Jesus promised to leave his peace with us, and that peace would not be as the world’s peace but would cross new frontiers. The peace of Jesus is the key that opens the door to peace in the world. We must open that door.

We open the floodgate of peace by surrendering our selfish desires to an unselfish God who loved us even when we did not love him. His peace can give us what the world cannot give:

  • Peace of mind
  • Peace of heart
  • Peace that destroys conflict
  • Peace that is everlasting
  • Peace that is personal and corporate

The quotes ad scripture in this musing are meant to lead us in that direction. Read them and meditate on them and let God give you peace.

You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level. ~~~Eckhart Tolle


We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.  ~~~Dalai Lama


There are no makers of peace because the making of peace is at least as costly as the making of war. ~~~Daniel Berrigan


Mankind must remember that peace is not God’s gift to his creatures; peace is our gift to each other. ~~~Elie Wiesel


Peace is a day-to-day problem, the product of a multitude of events and judgments. Peace is not an ‘is,’ it is a ‘becoming.’ ~~~Haile Selassie


We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom. ~~~Dwight D. Eisenhower
We are not at peace with others because we are not at peace with ourselves, and we are not at peace with ourselves because we are not at peace with God.~~~Thomas Merton


Peace is not the product of a victory or a command. It has no finishing line, no final deadline, no fixed definition of achievement. Peace is a never-ending process, the work of many decisions. ~~~Oscar Hammerstein II


You may call for peace as loudly as you wish, but where there is no brotherhood there can in the end be no peace. ~~~Max Lerner


Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances. ~~~ Mahatma Gandhi


Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be. ~~~Wayne W. Dyer


Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.~~~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. John 14:27


Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7


Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace— in peace because they trust in you. Isaiah 26:3


do not fear, for I am with you,  do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you,  I will uphold you with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10


I will both lie down and sleep in peace;  for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety. Psalm 4:8


Let us therefore no longer pass judgement on one another, but resolve instead never to put a stumbling-block or hindrance in the way of another. Romans 14:13


And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15


Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7


Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Romans 12:17-18


For a child has been born for us,  a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders;   and he is named Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

Lord, I seek peace today. First give me peace in my heart and soul so that I may be able to face the trials of life. My ability to face the trials of life will make me a peacemaker to those who are in conflict. Let the peace that you put in my heart so shine to the rest of the world that they can see that you are real and can make a difference. Amen

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