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PEACE is Living in Harmony

Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Wednesday, April 13, 2016

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PEACE is Living in Harmony

Today is another day for me to share some special personal definitions of PEACE. These definitions came from an opportunity to visit the Muslim Community Center some days ago.

The president of the Sunday school reminded the gathered crowd that I was there to ask the simple question “What is PEACE, to you?”

The two definitions are very similar. I love them both. Two young ladies shared them with me, and I was so pleased they came up to the table and wrote down their points of view.

Fara’s personal definition: “PEACE is having harmony with yourself.”

Furzana’s personal definition: “PEACE is living in harmony with one another and with other creations, too.”

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What marvelous definitions!

Harmony is such a foundation for peaceful living. I think harmony is promoted when individuals of various races, cultures, and religious expressions come together. It doesn’t matter whether the harmony is inwardly directed (as in Fara’s definition) or is directed outwardly (as in Furzana’s definition). What counts is that division is lessened, and animosity is healed.

Gracious and merciful God, thank You for loving Your whole creation—which includes people of every nation, tribe and language. Teach us to love one another as You do. In the powerful name of God we pray, amen.

@chaplaineliza

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(Thanks to everyone at the Muslim Community Center in Morton Grove, for making this week of personal definitions of PEACE possible.)

PEACE is Loving One Another

Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Tuesday, March 15, 2016

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PEACE is Loving One Another

Today is another day at St. Viator’s High School in Arlington Heights. A continuation of my Pursuing PEACE Project (#PursuePEACE). Their principal, Fr. Corey Brost, gave me the opportunity to hang out in the lunch room and talk briefly with anyone who came up to the table I had set up on one side of the large room.

Today, both personal definitions are all about loving one another. Each personal definition of PEACE reflects love in a slightly different way. As I have said before, fascinating!

Danielle’s definition: “PEACE is no conflict … just loving one another, understanding one another, and being there for one another when we need it.”

As I watched Danielle write out this well-thought-out definition, I told her what I thought. As she finished up writing, she reflected thoughtfully, “No conflict. Just—no conflict.” She paused, and then said with certainty, “Being there for one another, no matter what.”

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Sarah’s definition: “PEACE is always loving your neighbor as yourself, and living in harmony with others.”

When asked to talk further about her definition, Sarah said, “Treat others as you want to be treated. And, be a friend to others when they need it.”

As I see it, love is a foundational aspect of PEACE, in an outward sense. How do we get along with others? How do each of us—as individuals—encourage PEACE in our interactions with family and friends, as well as strangers and even enemies? We love one another. We try to understand each other. As far as each of us is able, we try our very best to live in harmony with each other person we encounter.

Wow! Great way to articulate it, ladies. Thanks so much.

Although stated as a paraphrase, most of these words came from our Lord Jesus. (No wonder it’s excellent advice!) Dear Lord, help me to follow this excellent advice.

@chaplaineliza

Like what you read? Disagree? Share your thoughts with your loved ones and continue the conversation.

Why not visit my sister blogs, “the best of” A Year of Being Kind.   @chaplaineliza And, read my sermons from Pastor, Preacher Pray-er

(Gggrrrrr!!! I have been fiddling with the two images for some time. I cannot for the life of me figure out how to get them horizontal. Sorry, Danielle! Sorry, Sarah! And, sorry for yesterday’s photo, Maddie! I’ll try to get them straightened out, tomorrow.)