Following the Prince of Peace Part 2

Do you know those moments when you simply wake up and hear something with fresh ears! Truly OMG moments. I had one a few months ago and it was one of the clear calls that I mentioned last week that I’ve had into a life of following the Prince of Peace. I caught my thought train in action, pressed the pause button, then pressed the rewind and then play buttons. I listened to my own thoughts. It was sobering. I heard myself say negative things to someone I value deeply. I wouldn’t spend any time with someone who talked to me like that. I heard a negative, complaining, controlling voice telling someone else how to live their life. OMG. Am I really like that?

The voice I heard that day was violent. Its weapons were words as if a rapid fire machine gun was taking out another human being. And it was inside me. I was stunned. I don’t want to hold those negative thoughts within me. I don’t want to send off the negative aroma that they carry. I don’t want to take any chance that they come out of my mouth and be a weapon of destruction in someone’s life. I was challenged that day with the reality of violent communication and how I can be hurtful to someone else, even someone I truly value.

I don’t know why I suddenly heard my own thoughts that day, but I will give all my gratitude to our very gracious and patient God. I’m so grateful to the Spirit for being slow enough to hear my thoughts. I wonder if some of it came as a fruit of the years of meditation where I do observe my thoughts and feelings as I open myself to the Holy Spirit.

Right now I’m less interested in the mechanics of how or why, and much more interested in growing in not tolerating the negativity within me. Each time I catch it, acknowledging it and choosing to wish goodness and loving kindness towards the person instead.

Have you ever caught yourself wishing ill of someone? Following the Prince of Peace means to me that I will do my best to not put up with that going on inside me anymore. I’ll lay down my weapons of violence and pick up the ways of loving kindness.

Maybe one of the gifts we can give this Christmas season is to bring peace into our thought life. Will you join me?

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Peace in the midst of all…

Anne

Community Leader Contemplative Fire Canada

Following the Prince of Peace

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Christmas cards have angels proclaiming ‘Peace on Earth’, warm stables with a baby being cuddled, trees decorated and stars shining. The reality in Jesus’ day was very different.

Jesus was fully aware that our world is a violent place. That knowledge didn’t keep him from coming to be with us. He came in poor and as a refugee. He warned his followers that difficulties would come to them because of their faith. In Luke 21 he tells his followers that no matter what happens, we’re not to be afraid and we’re not to worry. God is always present and that all things will unfold into a good end. Don’t let circumstances overwhelm us, stand firm, trust in God and let the Spirit continue to care, protect and transform us. He taught us we are to forgive our enemies. As he hung dying on a cross, he expressed the desire that those who hurt him would be forgiven. He is the Prince of Peace.

In our confusing and violent world, may we set our lives this Christmas season to welcoming the Prince of Peace into our lives. Recently I’ve been challenged to find new ways to welcome him, new ways to live more non-violently. Over the next few weeks I want to share with you some of awakening moments I’ve had and some of the longings of my heart.

What does it mean to be a follower of the Prince of Peace in our world today? What does it mean to be a follower of the Prince of Peace in your everyday life?

Love and prayers

Anne

Community Leader Contemplative Fire Canada