During Lenten season we have a daily devotional hymn to read along with the scripture references in the hymnal at the bottom of the hymn … a wonderful new way to study the scriptures. Recently, as I have been listening to the daily news, I have turned to the hymnal for re-focus. Another old song that I have played and sang with the senior singers locally continues to be a favorite….”Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me” … a prayer of hope.
Years ago I referenced a health note from Seasons for Wholeness: What can I do to Cultivate a Life of Peace? Vol. 5, using the acrostic, PEACE. I thought it was a good spiritual health focus to repeat during this season of Lent to help us stay focused on our faith health during the Lenten season:
Pursue God, His Word and His way of responding to conflict (Matthew 6:33);
Each person you meet, look at them as Christ sees them, and avoid focusing on minor faults (1 John 4:7);
Accept personal responsibility for your contribution to conflict, try to see the situation from the other person’s view point (Galatians 6:4);
Connect with the other person and ask for forgiveness (Matthew 5:23-24);
Evaluate this situation and all others in the future for peaceable rather than punitive solutions. You can ask yourself, “am I really committed to a peaceful solution, even if it takes more time and energy…or do I feel I am in the right and I want the other person to feel my anger?” (Psalm 34:14).
We are in times of strife, anger, pain, loss, frustration and other negative sounding terms, but the Bible offers some great “healthy” wisdom on living lives as peacemakers. Sometimes, real strength involves looking for other solutions to our struggles. I pray that each one of us can find PEACE in our daily journey here on earth by growing in our faith and celebrating together as a family each week—a little Easter.
Cynthia Rutan, RN, Parish Nurse at Peace firstname.lastname@example.org