is a transliteration of the Greek word, εγερσις, which has the meaning of being roused to life. Thus, it is my hope that what you find on this blog will empower, arouse, stimulate, excite, and animate your life--your soul, your spirit--the wholeness of who you are.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Forty Words for Forty Days: Day 35-Peace

Peace is a quiet word. A still word. An at ease and tranquil word. I think of the peace movement of the 1960s. It expressed a desire for peace in turbulent times. I think of the peace marches of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The people moved in peace despite the violence around them. I think of Jesus’ words, “Peace, be still,” in the midst of a noisy squall. 

Peace addresses the noise, the tumult, the aggression, the hostility; and peace undoes them. Peace ruins the discord, silences the racket, kills the fighting. Two kinds of peace come to mind. External peace and internal peace. The latter must not depend upon the former.

Inner peace comes when inner turbulence quiets, when inner aggression and animosity cease. Peace exists when the inner war ends. Internal peace always moves outward. A heart at peace is a mind at peace, is a will at peace, is a body at peace. A body and soul at peace is a life of peace.

Here is my reflective question for the day: “How does peace describe you?”

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