I have a garden to plant this morning thanks to the gifts of a friend and, later, coffee with yet another special soul. It’s been a full, but peaceful, vacation. I have connected with friends, spent time writing a couple of articles, shared stories and ideas with my blogging community and spent time reading a novel. I’d like to say I didn’t check work email, but I’d be lying. I only answered what I had to, the rest can wait. The world can wait while I reconnect with what matters most – my Spirit.
In the middle of this bliss-filled week landed our 24 hour prayer vigil for Peace. A quiet reminder to allow God to do God’s work. This was very important to me. I, personally, needed this time since so much of what is in the news and being posted these days on social media is disturbing to read and to look at. Many of you are being led by your anger and the result is good people saying and doing foolish things. You have forgotten that – even in the midst of horror – goodness resides. Just because you can’t see it does not mean it does not exist. Please, let me repeat that: Just because you can’t see it, does not mean it does not exist.
The Prayer Vigil asked one thing of those who entered: Leave your personal desires for the world outside the door. When you cross the threshold into our Sanctuary, enter with an open heart and an open mind. Doing so kept the space sacred and it gave us a place to remember that God, indeed, has a plan. Our only role was to listen to the quiet and allow God to do God’s work through us.
Please, my dear, sweet friends, put down your verbal weapons, and listen only to what God is trying to tell you. Each of us has a peaceful role to play – listen carefully. As you begin to hear what it is that is yours to do, doors will open and your path will become clear. There is nothing to fear. There is no time for anger. There is work to be done but it doesn’t come from those places. It is work of a peaceful heart, work of a peaceful mind. Listen, be guided. Take these lessons and use them to bring peace to your world. This is how we change the world – not with vicious attacks but with helping hands.
From my heart to yours, Diane