Path to Peace

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“Solitude is a way to defend the spirit against the murderous din of our materialism.” – Thomas Merton

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Listen to my song “Slow Me Down” on YouTube by clicking HERE.

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Psalm 23:1

The LORD is my shepherd; there is nothing I lack.

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This scripture is also translated: “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.”

Either way, the meaning is completely opposite the philosophy our culture espouses: “My ego is my shepherd; I want more and more and am never satisfied.”

This is the driving force of our economy and consumerism.

Jesus counters this philosophy with: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3).

In other words, when you let go of your attachments, the kingdom of God, the experience of unconditional love and peace, is yours.

Jesus also said that you can’t serve God and material wealth (Matthew 6:24).

It’s a clear choice but is folly in the eyes of a culture that says, “Get all you can! Live it up! More is better!

When you get something new, the ego wants to believe it will bring happiness. But the rush we experience from the chemicals spawned in our bodies eventually wanes.

Let’s face it: we’re addicted to this vicious cycle!

In 2010, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated that food waste was at between 30-40 percent of the food supply in this country.

Instead of helping to feed hungry people, the food ended up in landfills.

What if we focused on giving more rather than getting more?

It all begins with inner transformation.

Take some time to sit quietly in silence.

Practice letting go through meditation or Centering Prayer.

As you experience the fullness of the Divine Presence, I guarantee that you will know peace.

You will truly lack nothing.

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Listen to the song of the day “Slow Me Down” on the Mercy Reigns album by clicking HERE.

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

Purchase my new book “Listen to Your Heart: A Daily Devotional of Calling, Purpose and New Life” on Amazon 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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