Thomas Kempis 1379 – 1471
If we live in peace ourselves, we in turn may bring peace to others. A peaceable man does more good than a learned one.
In the still hours of the morning, I had decided to hope. As I quietly got out of bed, I assured myself that peace can be found. I crept down the stairs with hope in my heart. Stepping over my dog who laid sprawled on the mat, I opened my livingroom door. By simply hoping, I was already beginning to perceive peace.
However, that was not the way my day ended last night. Last night I was worrying. Christmas will soon be here and I still had a lot to do. I had been doing a lot of rushing around. I upset a friend because I hadn’t rung her in two weeks. My husband was sad that I hadn’t spent time with him in awhile. I was conscious that I hadn’t phoned my mother in ages. Even my teenage children commented that I was always disappearing after dinner. I LOVE Christmas but I craved a ‘Silent night, Holy night’ leading up to Christmas. I knew I had to stop and slow down. God knew that too which is probably why he woke me up at 4:30 this morning. I needed time in silence. When all around me is awake, the noise can be quite deafening to my spirit. Where did I go? I lost myself because I lost my way.
In the still hours of the morning, I crept into my living room. Turning on the Christmas tree and lighting a candle, I created the ambience to be a cosy haven. Propped against my cushions and covered in a fleecy throw, my heart was leading me back. I discover that I am still here. My hand is being held in a loving grasp as I begin my day in prayer. All is calm, all is bright.
As I contemplate the quote from Thomas Kempis, one thing comes to mind. In order to ‘live in peace ourselves’, we must persue times of silence. Peace does not materialize out of chaos. Peace is found from that wellspring within.