Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Tuesday, April 19, 2016
PEACE in the Eye of the Storm
As I reflect upon my discussions with the young people at St. Viator’s High School in Arlington Heights, I am grateful I had the opportunity to engage with anyone who came up to the table I had set up on one side of the large lunchroom.
I’ll be featuring two personal definitions of PEACE today; a great chance to talk with young people and get their viewpoints on PEACE.
First, Simon’s personal definition: “PEACE is back to nature.”
Intriguing definition! I wanted to know more about it. Simon said, “I think nature is more than just what is outside. I’m getting back to how God created the world, and getting back to human roots.” Simon told me that all creation is important to him—creation and humans’ part in it.
Elias also had a personal definition: “PEACE is the eye of the storm.”
I really wanted to know more! Elias told me, “Peace can be found in the midst of turmoil, personally, for me. Peace can also be found in the middle of really busy tumultuous times. By acts of God, too.”
Both of these definitions refer to the natural realm. God’s creation. (That intrigues me.) Such wonderful images are held in both of these definitions. It’s good for me—it’s good for all of us to step outside of the common every-day, and talk about PEACE in a different kind of a manner. God willing, may it continue!
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