Sun, Dec 6: Peace (Advent Day 8)

WEEK of PEACE

Sun, Dec 6 – DAY 8

Peace becomes the focus of this week. Peace has many dimensions.

We cultivate an inner peace that is rooted in calm and self-awareness. It grows from contemplative practices, from giving time and attention to the spiritual, emotional, and psychological wellbeing of oneself plus caring for the body.

Peace also has a presence in home settings and intimate relationships. How do we care for each other, communicate and foster connection that are sustainable and equitable for everyone involved? Do we listen to each other? Do we recognize each other’s needs and desires? Honor each other’s intrinsic value and dignity?

Finally, peace has tangible shape in our community. It occurs in civic, cultural, economic, political and social strata. What does societal peace look like? Actually, peace isn’t the lack of conflict and engagement. Rather it promotes an environment that permits creative engagement to grow and change so that resources, rights, and privileges become available to all constituent members.

Peace permeates — or reveals its absence — in all of those places: heart, soul, mind and body of individuals, within our relationships, and externally in our larger local and global context. — Rev Gail

Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace— in peace because they trust in you. — Isaiah 26:3

Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house!’ — Luke 10:5

Nobody can bring you peace but yourself. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Peace can become a lens through which you see the world. Be it. Live it. Radiate it out. Peace is an inside job. —Wayne Dyer

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