Sunday, March 25, 2007
Friday, March 23, 2007
Thinking of peace I realize this word is so much bigger than I ever imagined. Christmas comes to mind, how we love to hear the angelic message of peace on earth good will towards men. To bad it’s only Christmas that we seem to want to hear this message and not every day. Then take the first few letters of Christmas, Christ, only the Prince of Peace can bring lasting peace. I went to bed Wednesday night after hearing Jerry’s message of peace, peaceful. Last night it wasn’t as easy, because I made the mistake of turning on the news instead, and listening to the tragedies of the globe, both near and far away. So I find myself going to bed, with heart full, and praying for peace once again.
Maybe it’s not possible to have Peace on Earth, but peace is possible. Peace with God, yes sometimes I’m not obedient, I wasn’t when I was little, and sometimes I’m not being big, we sin, we are human, but through my faith in His son, I’m forgiven. I pray for forgiveness almost as much as I pray for peace. There are so many types of peace as I wrote earlier, there’s emotional peace as we cast our cares on HIM, there is also the possibility of interpersonal peace. Which is us loving our neighbor’s living peaceable with all. I think this is a reality, and I think it is possible, I have faith that it is.
Then we can think of global peace, I think that will only come, when Jesus returns.
By our prayers and by our example, that is my prayer for peace, my prayer for all of us that we can fulfill that verse in the bible Luke 2:14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill towards men. Also my favorite line in the animated version of “The Little Drummer Boy” which is probably my first memory of the mention of peace.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
We just got back from the peace bubble at our church, you can check it out at www.peacebubble.org Jerry Leggett imagines a world of peace. He's touring the country in his little bubble, he has a beautiful voice, and a beautiful message. His question is do you believe in peace? Then picture it what does it look like to you. I believe it's what I look for daily, if we can find it in ourselves then we have accomplished something. With faith I believe it can be obtained for myself through God. I picture it with compassion The thought of the Good Samaritan comes to mind. If we could be full of compassion, just like that Samaritan that made is way down the road to Jericho and encountered a wounded Jew lying alongside the road. Others had hurried by, too busy with their own affairs to be interrupted. But the Samaritan, who was hated by the Jews and would be expected to pass by, “had compassion.” He bandaged his wounds,… set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. I think of my own life, how things come into my life in strange ways, often in the often in the form of an iterruption. Just when we think of our duties for the day and are done and we are headed home for a quiet evening, someone shows up on your doorsteps asking for your time, or on the street when you are getting gas, and someone asks for your help or money. How often we turn, even when we see someone coming. If we could not look at these moments as intrusions of interruptions. Instead think of the oppurtunities sent our ways to show HIS love and serve those in need, wheter it be to listen, to show love, to help someone on their journey. We need to live for that moment.
Sometimes interruptions are actually sent our way, if we could just not turn from them. We may get something much more special out of life that you never expected like PEACE.
This next little piece is from his website, I really like it.
What if we all paused for a moment of peace at noontime?
What if we all listened more carefully to the world around us?
What if this moment for peace inspired acts of peace and compassion?