This is not about the Middle East peace process, altho a dear Anglican pastor in Ramallah, Rev. Audeh Rantisi, highlighted this phrase time & again (after Oslo when the West Bank was ‘carved into pieces.’) No… Virginia, your humble blogger (with plenty of time during her TWO MONTH blogging hiatus) has been contemplating this concept a bit lately.
What gives with (having & exuding) Peace vs. (falling to) Pieces in our private lives?
Sometimes our heart grumbles are so loud & disruptive our peace goes out the window of our (wannabe) calmly collected minds with frustrated sighs. Or, maybe we’re just too @#!%#@ tired to ‘be at peace.’ Not sure about you, but i don’t have hours to meditate or levitate or whatever…
‘Tis not easy getting into those Peace Grooves when the going is tough & pain-filled. Actually, it can be downright Difficult. Challenging. Overwhelming.
ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE? …
When all around us everything falls to pieces (our bodies, too) & the foundations of our hopes (& dreams) crumble …
We have a CHOICE. We can fall to pieces (ok, a wee crying jag every now & then is not necessarily a Bad Thing!!) …or, we can seek Peace.
It doesn’t mean our challenges (or pain) will Go Away (altho pursuing any & all resolution is a Good Thing.) It just means our hearts can be at peace (not in pieces) as we face the way forward.
There’s not a magic formula (altho prayer, meditation & daily quiet time help) – i kinda think asking God each day (the squeaky wheel gets the grease) might be the ticket. Something simple like, “oh Lord, please transform my heart & mind & spirit with Your Peace…”
Peace is a choice. (1st to ask for; then to be a conduit of…) If we ask for it, we must open our hearts (& minds) to receive it & then BE it. BE PEACE.
yeah, right. Since the accident i haven’t necessarily been a conduit of peaceful cuddles the past 2 months. Pain & tireditis & frustration (when will the Pain make an end?) have made that a wee bit challenging. Being PEACE is also not easy when our internal Freak-Out-O-Meters escalate (sorting out Insurance Details? in triplicate? gaining TEN POUNDS of hard-to-get-rid of weight?)
But, hey. Peace is a CHOICE. Instead of clobbering myself mentally (& maybe others in the vicinity), i can choose to let God put those Peace Grooves into my heart, mind & spirit.
It’s a daily deal… (sometimes hourly!) … but with God’s help, possible. To be at peace & to Be Peace. God’s peace in this whacked out world.
“My peace I leave you, My peace I give unto you. Not as the world gives… do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27
grace, peace & pieces (of Real Peace)
Virginia : )
p.s. So, an update (for interested buddies.) After 6 weeks in the Repair Shop, the Out-Of-Africa mobile looks like new… & hopefully Virginia (the person, not the State) will be feeling like new, soon (but alas, not yet..) Still undergoing Physical Therapy & such for ankle, back & Neck… (wore Birkenstocks to niece Megan’s formal wedding & to wedding of friends Leanne & Bruce; recently procured winter Birkenstocks, the kind worn with socks? … but instead of complaining about lack of shoe attire-ability, isn’t it grand that Birkenstocks help alleviate Ankle Pain? : )
Hey, life is a Gift & there’s so much for which to Be Grateful!!