P… Peace, Outside and Within Us

strong>Kindness and truth shall meet;
justice and peace shall kiss.

Psalm 85:11

P is for Peace. Of all of my heart’s desires, I long for and relish peace most of all. The truth is that during the most difficult times of my life, I’ve been at least faintly aware of a measure of peace deep within me. In spite of the troubles at hand, I’m consistently convinced at some level that circumstances will evolve for the best. While I invest my blood, sweat, tears and prayer into the given situation, peace eases its way to the surface. Eventually, I accept that I can only do what I can do and I leave the rest to God. Letting go is an extremely difficult, but liberating exercise. When I empty myself of my worry and angst, I make room for God’s peace to enter in.

Though I may have to wait for heaven to enjoy true peace, I can infuse a morsel of peace into every moment I’m given. Perhaps my efforts should include a deep breath before allowing less-than-peaceful sentiments to flow from my lips. Perhaps these efforts should include a glance upward and a glance within before I take the gloom and doom around me to heart. Perhaps I need to begin each day with a prayer that God’s peace surfaces within me before I allow anything else to erupt. Perhaps I can actually bring peace to this world after all.

Compassionate God, help us to set aside our worries and to focus upon your peaceful presence as we embrace all that lies ahead.

©2017 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

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