Today looks like a family work day with cows and calves going out to pasture as much rain is expected tomorrow and they will be happier out on grass. Grandma has grandkids and meals and running to pick up preschoolers, and Ruth is out being the farmer she is!
Much about peace today and "Resurrection Peace" is maybe a more amazing way to describe it today in the light of Christ's resurrection and also how through prayer St Paul was brought back from death after being stoned in the first reading from Acts 14. I had a major case of putting myself in the place of St Paul and how horrifyingly painful and excruciatingly damaging it would be to have a group around you viscously throwing rocks at your body and probably your head would be targeted the most as that would kill you. Almost equal to the horror and humiliation of being nailed to a cross. When "the disciples gathered around him, he got up and entered the city." Healed and brought back from death... would he still bear the wounds of the attack? Jesus did, yet he seemed to no longer suffer pain nor was held back by them. It appears to be similar to Paul... he didn't limp back nor was he needing help. We still bear our wounds from our sufferings, yet we bear them as a sign of how Christ has been at work in our lives and brought us back to love and serve!
Peace is flowing like a river
Flowing out through you and me.
Spreading out into the desert,
Setting all the captives free.
Yes, the Peace comes from our Faith in Jesus and then we are able to share that with all around us!
I love this from morning prayer..."Jesus shows us the way to true peace: obedience to the Father's will rather than to the clamor of self-interest. In living as he lived, we not only live in peace ourselves; we also make a place of peace for all those around us."
How I wish that I could live up to this and truly bring peace to all those around me! Evaluating my life... I see that I do fail with those the closest to me and when does this happen? When I am selfish and thinking of me! Poor Barb. I have a bad case of feeling sorry for myself, and that does not allow the faucet to be open and the peace to flow through me, and when it is all bottled up due to a blockage called selfishness than it no longer is peace... it must flow out to bring life to the desert and set the captives free!
Jesus, I am longing to be open to sharing the peace I am given to all those around me this day. It is such an amazing blessing to always have your Mother there to assist me through my life and daily tensions and stresses. "When God created us, he put into the depth of our being his order, his thus. It continually summons our mind: believe thus! In our heart: love thus! In our soul: act thus! Our conscience is the voice of God: I wanted thus and I want thus. Blessed is he who likewise says: and I as well want thus. Then there is agreement, happiness, and harmony. Oh, what peace there is then, true peace! Peace to men of good will!" Father Semenenko (1886) Yes, Lord, may I always do as you ask of me... dying to self so that you may live in me! Jesus, I trust in you. Amen and Hallelujah
Peace is strongly present in nature around us!
My friend builds me up!