Rooted in Peacefulness
Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb… Isaiah 11:6
A young child frequently wandered in the woods. Over time, his father became concerned. ”I’ve noticed that each day you walk into the woods,” the dad said to his son. “Why do you go there?”
“I go there to find God,” replied his son.
“That’s a very good thing,” said his father. ”I’m glad you’re searching for God. But don’t you know that God is the same everywhere?”
“Yes,” the boy answered, “but I’m not.”
Today’s reading from Isaiah speaks of a stunning vision of a peaceful world. As we think about peace in our times-in our families, our neighborhoods, our nation, our world-many people suggest steps to bring about a peaceable kingdom. They’re all true and need to be adopted boldly.
But what is the first step, the foundational action that leads to the others? The young boy in our story knew the answer. He knew he needed a place, a process, by which he first realized who he was. He needed to be rooted in a peacefulness within himself. Spending time with God reveals to us who we are. It ingrains in us the peace that only God can give. Then we can be peacemakers.
DAILY PRACTICE: Decide on a way that is best for you to spend time with God, growing in peace. Decide on a way you can bring peace to a situation that is full of discord.
ADVENT PRAYER: God of Peace, encircle me in your never-ending peace. This Advent, make me an instrument of your peace.
From: ADVENT 2013. Daily reflections, practices and prayers.
The Promise of Peace. Janet Schaeffler, OP.