Daily Reflections to Create a Peaceful You & a Peaceful World
I partnered with Pax Christi USA, a national movement that works for peace with social justice, as one of the authors for their annual reflection booklet.
It was amazing to create a spiritual work that can foster peace in the world. I find it impossible to separate who we are as spiritual beings from important social causes. Cracks in our society and war in our world are but symptoms of the spiritual dis-ease that exists among people who have political, economic, and societal control. We can start repairing this collective dysfunction by healing ourselves.
If we want to see a kinder, more humane, loving world, we have to find peace within ourselves, and we have to promote systems, structures, and governments that acknowledge the importance of every human being. If anyone is left out, there will not be peace.
"The Work of God's Hands" is a great spiritual tool to create daily calm and love within ourselves so we can collectively project the creation of peace into the world. Our society and world needs a lot of healing from war, poverty, racism, and the many divides that keep people separate, poor, and marginalized.
It's a big effort, and you can do your part! As Thea Bowman said, “Sometimes people think they have to do big things in order to make change. But if each one would light a candle we’d have a tremendous light.”
Here's a sneak peak of what you can find inside this booklet:
“While from behind, a voice shall sound in your ears: ‘This is the way; walk in it.’" Isaiah 30:21
Never does God leave us; never are we abandoned. Yet, how easy it is for us to forget that God will show the way. “Ask and you shall receive” is a great Jesus quote, but I have to be reminded that it’s not “ask and you shall receive what you want.” An attachment to the things that we want is not necessarily what is best for the world or God’s plan. Musician Sheryl Crow has a song with the line “it’s not having what you want…it’s wanting what you’ve got.” Do we want what God has to give us?
If we can let go of what we think is best for us, and listen to the whispers that say, “This is the way; walk in it,” then we will find the way. The way is here, the way is now, and God is showing us the way right now. Right now. Are we listening? Did we listen but reject God’s whispers because they don’t meet our expectations? What God has for us is what we need to find our way in life. We better start taking the wisdom of Sheryl Crow to “want what we’ve got,” because God is clearly giving us the things that we need. God takes care of us. Are we willing to believe the “voice that sounds in our ears” has our best interest at heart?
Have you ever had a “crisis” in life that turned out to be a blessing? What would have happened if you had embraced this unsettling moment as a time to grow rather than something to be victimized by?