In the midst of the confusion and all the unknown connected with the Coronavirus turmoil, my soul is actively seeking elements of peace.
My heart found great comfort yesterday listening to words of hope from the leaders of my faith during our worldwide general conference. More than their words, it was the feeling of peace and comfort I felt.
As we enter this week between Palm Sunday and Easter, I am also drawn to the peace found in the Holy scriptures.
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
– John 14:27
In my search for peace, I have been drawn to these words I penned last year for a friend who was also actively seeking peace. His heart was troubled as his journey had brought him to a point of reconciliation with a parent who was approaching the final journey of life.
As you search for your own peace, perhaps these words may also find a connection with you.
WHERE IS MY GIFT OF PEACE?
By Les Patterson
Where is my gift of peace?
I shout out in anguish
Beseeching the darkness.
Emptiness is all I hear
Silence echoing back
That which I plead for.
Peace is an elusive companion
Maybe waiting for an invitation
Or perhaps simply just waiting.
I have no answers
I hurt more than should be possible
Is this what is meant to suffer?
Yet I feel something beckoning
Beyond the grasp of my thoughts
Whispering I am not alone.
An indiscernible fluttering
A momentary glimpse of hope
Beyond that which I own.
Some say peace is a gift
From He who is the Prince of Peace
A balm to distill on my troubled soul.
The gift of peace may come
My clarity of thought seems to say
If I first give that for which I seek.
I shudder at the mere thought
Extending such simply hurts
Beyond my capacity to give.
Stark reality fills my soul
My own words I hear uttered back
Beseeching my soul to hear.
God did give me more
Than that which I can bear
That I may ask for strength.
Is my pursuit for peace then
Beyond that which I can find
Searching the depths on my own?
This then must be my quest
To receive that which I cannot find
By allowing Him to give.
GOOD FRIDAY FASTING & PRAYER
Elisa and I will be joining many around the world on Good Friday this week for a day of fasting and prayer for relief from COVID-19 pandemic. I extend the same invitation and encourage you to join us, in your own way, channelling your prayers, thoughts, energy and faith for miracles.
God bless you my friends.
Have a great Monday! Thanks for letting me share!
p.s. Take 13 minutes today to intentionally focus your faith in finding peace.
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