“Seek Peace” 12/9/18
We tend to think about peace in terms of absence. Peace is what happens when there’s no conflict, turmoil, tension, etc. The Hebrew word for peace, shalom, is much more expansive. It gets translated to include safety, health, well-being, wholeness, prosperity, completeness. How does this shape what it means to be a peacemaker? What’s the difference between a peacemaker and a peace-lover?
Creation is unfinished. Think about the creed we often recite on Sundays: What if we’re already are creators, collaborators, and friends with God? When you think about your vocation in the world, do you think about it in terms of co-creating with God? What would change if you saw your gifts not as tools for self-betterment, but as opportunities to “seek peace” for all creation?
The sermon asked over and over again, “What are you going to do with the energy you’ve been given?” How would you begin to answer that? Or, what sorts of things have you been squandering your energy on?
There is this circular flow between contemplation (grace) and action (peace). Contemplation reminds us that we are loved before we accomplish anything. This fills us with gratitude and moves us to find active ways to give back. But to avoid finding our worth in our achievements, we need to return to deep contemplation. Where do you find yourself in the action-contemplation loop? Which space do you find more natural? How can you fall into a healthy flow of grace and peace, contemplation and action?
In light of all this, how are you being called to live differently this week?