Peace, Be Still

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

John 16:33 NIV

Have you felt a little grinchy lately? Grumpy, irritable, unreasonable, cantankerous, testy, irascible? (I had some help from my thesaurus on this!) Neuropsychology tells us it would be surprising if we weren’t feeling some of these. When life around us looks to be filled with threats to our health, our financial well-being, our dignity, or even our lives, our nervous system ramps up. As a short-term response to an imminent danger an activated nervous system is helpful. We can take protective action. But as a long-term condition in reaction to nebulous hazards, we can easily become all those words above. That leaves us drained of energy, vision, and hope.

I think most people who are consciously engaged in spiritual growth understand that we are in a time of profound chemicalization, of letting go. We applaud this necessary releasing of old forms. We know it makes the way for new and more whole ways of relating to one another and to our Earth. We are all a part of bringing forth the Divine into manifestation. That said, the tumult affects us. Our nervous systems are jarred and we often experience heightened stress. We may feel that we have more on our plate at this time than we can calmly handle or effectively accomplish. It’s good that we recognize that. It is our inner Christ calling us to self-awareness – to take responsibility to do something different – to live in a way that establishes us in serenity and self-acceptance.

We can do that even in the midst of so much hubbub. How? By starting our day very simply – say good morning to God. Take a breath and know that Divine love is both holding you and filling you. Ask to be of service to the highest good and to be open to guidance and the power to love and forgive. That’s it. It’s a trick though. For when you start that way, you’ll find that God taps you on your shoulder with love and light all day long. God just won’t leave you alone! Jesus teaches us that no matter what the world dishes out, the Presence of the Divine has got this. Peace, be still.

In the Love and Light of the Christ,

Rev. Anna


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