Where is your Peace?

Above all things let us never forget that mankind constitutes one great brotherhood; all born to encounter suffering and sorrow, and therefore bound to sympathize with each other.
Albert Pike

We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.
Mother Teresa

“Spirituality is not to be learned by flight from the world, or by running away from things, or by turning solitary and going apart from the world. Rather, we must learn an inner solitude wherever or with whomsoever we may be. We must learn to penetrate things and find God there.”
― Meister Eckhart

A female mallard glides gently in the pond in the Boston Public Gardens / Boston, Massachusetts / Julie Cook / 2014


My heart is agitated and restless within me.
I am troubled by our times.
Global headlines are dire and grim.
Our own country is troubled by an exodus which is flooding into our land as we fret and worry how to best tend to these masses.
The weight of heartfelt burdens grow by the minute.

Yet you tell me simply not to worry.
“Forget about it”
“Don’t dwell on the negative”
“Think happy thoughts”
“None of this effects you, why worry”
“You can’t do a thing to change it, so don’t think about it”
“You don’t have a dog in this fight, therefore it’s of no concern”
“Be the ostrich and just put your head in the sand”

But I will not will myself to forget about troubles in our world.
I will not pretend everything is fine just because I am not being directly impacted.
It is true that there is very little I can do, if anything at all, to alleviate any of these maladies.
I am helpless, just as you are, watching dramas play out daily in the headlines.

But I ask you, how do I:
Tell the Dutch people not to worry?
Tell the Malaysian Airliner Company not to worry–agian?
Tell the Malaysian people not to worry–again?
Tell the Ukrainians not to worry?
Tell the Russian people not to worry?
Tell the EU not to worry?
Tell the small bordering countries of Russia not to worry?
Tell the Israelis not to worry?
Tell Jews worldwide not to worry?
Tell the Palestinians not to worry?
Tell the children of Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia, El Salvador not to worry?
Tell the Americans in the border towns not to worry?
How do I tell all the parents who have lost and are losing children throughout the past week to simply dry those tears and carry on?



Where does your peace hide?
Where is your wellbeing located these woeful days?
Not your distractions.
Not your diversions.
Not your poisons to deaden any and all feeling.
But rather your Peace?
Your wellbeing?
Your clam?
Your anchor?
Your harbor?
Your refuge?

In such times, it is to Nature, which offers a soothing clam, that I turn.
In Nature is where I may observe life, as it goes steadily and happily along, despite global worrisome events.
To spend sacred time silently with the Creator of the Universe.
Finding in Him and in His handiwork the offerings of silence, of hope and of beauty which joyfully continues spilling froth from all His creation.
Here is where I find it possible to offer prayers for hope because here is where hope still exists.

May you find that place which continues to hold you in comfort and care—that place which offers you Peace. . . and may you then, in turn, offer prayers for the desperate healing of which our world is in such need. . .

(St Francis in a small garden adjacent to the Old North Church / Boston, Massachusetts / Julie Cook / 2014)

Listen to my words, Lord,
consider my lament.
Hear my cry for help,
my King and my God,
for to you I pray.
In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice;
in the morning I lay my requests before you
and wait expectantly.
For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness;
with you, evil people are not welcome.
The arrogant cannot stand
in your presence.
You hate all who do wrong;
you destroy those who tell lies.
The bloodthirsty and deceitful
you, Lord, detest.
But I, by your great love,
can come into your house;
in reverence I bow down
toward your holy temple

Psalm 5: 1-7

4 comments on “Where is your Peace?

  1. ptero9 says:

    Lovely and heartfelt post Julie!

    “But I will not will myself to forget about troubles in our world.”

    Me neither! Something about one foot in, one foot out, that keeps me wanting to be aware and attentive to the sorrows and joys of this crazy world.

    Lovely photos and reminder of what the non-human creatures have to offer us; their beauty, their presence and their mystery.


    • Thanks Debra for your heartfelt reply—I suppose folks don’t exactly want to read my posts as of late as they are a bit gloomy–and I suppose I could just turn off the news and put down the paper–making “it” all go away–but that is my fear—turning it off and tuning out desensitizes us to it all–lulling us to forget or not join in a global sense of unity. That whole sense of being in the moment is, I feel, so very important.
      Again–thanks Debra for your input!!
      hugs to you–Julie

  2. Lynda says:

    Julie, it is so important to be in solidarity with all humankind around the world. I remember those words, “No man is an island” by John Donne and surely, they apply to us today when so many in our world are suffering. Thanks for this thoughtful post. Blessings.

  3. I find my peace in the same place you do, but even there we witness at times violent acts of nature against itself. We can’t control or change that either, but it doesn’t negate the goodness nor keep it from rising again. Things are certainly grim in the world at the moment but they have been before and they will no doubt be grim again. All we can do is pray and deal with what’s laid on our table on any given day. Remember He only gives us enough strength for the day at hand and worry eats up that strength to the detriment of our health. We can only deal with what’s around the corner WHEN we get to the corner, and when we do get there the Holy Spirit will guide us in knowing how to deal with what we find. I pray that the Lord fill your spirit with His peace that transcends all understanding tonight and in the days to come. Hugs and love and blessings to you, my worried liitle Cookie. 🙂

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