Posted by: Postordinandy | May 20, 2010

Peace sells… but who’s buying?

We shared our monthly meal recently in the context of looking at the fruit of ‘peace’.

We tried little tasters of peace – we started the meal with a silent grace, (hands held, eyes shut, total silence); we ate food that different people had contributed; we shared stories of when and where we had personally experienced deep or significant peace…

In a good number of the stories shared, two significant themes stood out:

  1. The impact of geography – being near an open space, (an ocean, rushing water, mountain ranges).
  2. The provision of time – planned or unexpected.

Reflecting on the former, we wondered if this had anything to do with gaining a ‘comfortable awareness’ of our own insignificance and smallness within the world. Of the latter – perhaps this has something to do with stepping out of, or away from, the usual levels of busy-ness that our lives so easily get ensnared by.

Both of the above force us to recognise that the world does not revolve around us, and that often even the most pressing of tasks can wait. One story summed up both of these – one of our members told of an occasion when he had been sailing and had to wait a significant period of time before he could moor his boat as the tide was out. Stuck on a boat, forced to wait for the tide to come, with no option but to wait, he found an immense peace through the helplessness he could have experienced. Watching the river go past, listening to the sounds of nature that he could so often miss otherwise, was at the same time relaxing and uplifting.

It has been well noted that peace is not merely the absence of conflict but something that runs much deeper, and has significantly further reaching impacts on both those who express peace, and those who receive the same.

The peace of the Lord is proactive, contagious, and self-replicating. It soothes the deepest of wounds and silences the angriest of crowds. It allows the man spinning too many plates the space and agility of mind to discern which ones he needs to let fall. It assures the woman who has no idea where the next meal, rent payment or hug will come from, allows her fearful tears to turn, if not always to laughter, then at least to a certainty that things will work out, somehow.

For us at St Luke’s, peace – like the other Fruit of the Spirit – is something we need to make an effort to sow, grow and flow. This needs to happen both internally – in our own lives and as we meet together; and externally – as we walk alongside and serve others.

This will be articulated in any number of ways, sometimes through action, sometimes by simply creating space or offering the gift of time. We cannot hope to achieve much unless God, the source of all peace, is an ever-present and always-welcome member of our community, the vine from which we seek to grow the fruit in ever-increasing quantity and quality.

May God’s peace – which truly passes understanding – be ever with you.

May it go ahead of you, waiting for you when you arrive.

May it be left in the hearts of all you encounter.

May it flow from your words, your actions and your company.

May it remain with you in joy and in sorrow; in comfort and in hardship.

May you be known as a person of peace, and a child of the most High God.

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