Serenity

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“The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace.” – Mahatma Gandhi

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Listen to my song “Make Me a Channel” on YouTube by clicking HERE.

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2 Thessalonians 3:16

May the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.

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Peace – true inner peace – is something we could all use right now.

It strikes me as a poor choice of words on my part to say that we could “use” peace.

Peace seems more a gift to be shared.

It is a state of existence; a restful state.

It’s a state where love, mercy and compassion abound.

This is the state of existence that Jesus called the kingdom of God or what could be translated as the peaceable community or companionship of empowerment (Diarmuid  O’Murchu).

For true peace to happen, it seems we each need to accept the gift that it is.

God is offering it to us all the time, even amidst the storms of life.

But we must be open to it.

We have to be receptive.

Pausing is a good piece of advice.

Take frequent pauses and simply be grateful for your life, for your blessings.

Disconnect from your judgmental mind and ego.

(A contemplative practice like meditation or Centering Prayer would be extremely helpful.)

For true peace to happen, we must also wish it for all others, especially those who are disempowered, unfairly treated, or appear different from us.

We are all part of one family in God’s eyes.

As St. Paul said, “For as in one body we have many parts, and all the parts do not have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ and individually parts of one another” (Romans 12:4-5).

We are all called to live our lives so that God’s kingdom comes to earth as it is in heaven.

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Listen to the song of the day “Make Me a Channel” on the Listen to Your Heart album by clicking HERE.

Stream and/or purchase my songs on Amazon Music by clicking HERE.

Purchase my book “Mercy Reigns: A Daily Devotional of Compassion, Comfort and Healing on Amazon by clicking HERE.

Remember: God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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2 Responses to Serenity

  1. Patti Lindemann says:

    Thanks always, Bill, I use these as part of my morning prayer and decorations.

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