October 7, 2020
What peace can we hope to find elsewhere
if we have none within us.
-St. Teresa of Avila
I came across this quote about peace and it made me wonder...where do we look for peace? Can we find it in this world? Can we manufacture it or buy it? Or, as Christians, does our peace come from someplace else?
As Christians we seek to follow the Prince of Peace. It seems a lot of our peace comes from our relationship with Christ. The peace we need is often found within our own hearts, because that is where we find Christ. This peace from a relationship with Christ is hard to describe. It’s hard to understand! Yet many faithful people in the midst of great struggle and strife have looked within and found peace.
While sharing this indescribable feeling is quite difficult, sharing Christ is a little more achievable. As disciples we do our best to follow Him, to love as he did and embody the love God has for all God’s children. When that work is done, peace is shared. To do that work, we look within just as St. Teresa of Avila suggests. We follow the gentle call of our Shepherd to love as He did. When we do, others witness and experience what can’t be conveyed by words and we pass the peace of Christ.
Be safe and good to yourself this week, whatever may come.
Grace and peace,