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Peace – A Reflection

March 21, 2020
The Big Thompson River in Estes Park, Colorado

Today Denise and I were able to take a walk that was quite wonderful. It was a bit of a challenge since some people out walking took over the entire sidewalk making Social Distancing difficult, if not impossible. Yet despite that we had an enjoyable walk in the fresh air.

Returning home I spent some time in reading and reflection while Denise was working on the worship service for tomorrow evening and Midday Prayer which begins on Monday. There are a lot of offerings between Zoom and Facebook Live. These are different times and we want to offer as much fellowship and worship opportunities through different media for folks.

Part of the reason we are doing this is to offer moments of peace and fellowship during these unusual times. So Peace was on my mind when I began to read some of my Virtual Mentor Howard Thurman.

He wrote the following in the forward to his book The Inward Journey:

“Lord, make me an instrument of Thy Peace.” Teach me how to order my days that with sure touch I may say the right word at the right time and in the right way—lest I betray the spirit of peace. Let me not be deceived by my own insecurity and weakness which would make me hurt another as I try desperately to help myself. Keep watch with me, O my Father, over the days of my life, that with abiding enthusiasm I may be in such possession of myself that each day I may offer to Thee the full, unhampered use of me in all my parts as “an instrument of Thy Peace.” Amen.

It would have been fascinating if Thurman and Merton would have had a chance to sit on the front porch of Merton’s Hermitage and talk about life, spirituality, and peacemaking.

In Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander, Merton said the following about peace which for me resonates with Thurman’s thoughts.

Peace is something you have or do not have. If you are yourself at peace, then there is at least some peace in the world. Then share your peace with everyone, and everyone will be at peace.

Right now as I prepare for sleep and a busy Lord’s Day tomorrow my focus is centering on that peace as I seek to follow the Prince of Peace.

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