My meditation today brought some thought that I want to share. As a follower of "The Way", I tend to greet people with "the Peace of God be with you"..."God's Peace be with you"...and I was wondering just what was meant by that. So, I came across the following:
Today's study brought me to this website and interesting insight as to "Peace"...what is meant by "peace" in this context:
One of the defining attributes of Christ is that He is "The Prince of Peace" (Is.9:6). Before He left the earth and ascended up to His Father's right hand, He said,
"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid" (John14:27).
The Greek word translated "peace" in this verse is "eirene", and it essentially means "a cessation of againstness." In other words, when two opposing forces cease their struggle against each other, peace ensues. As a picture word, it's like a boxer laying his hands to his sides in resignation. There's no more fight. The combatants have laid down their glove, hence, peace.
I should add...they lay down their gloves because of Christ ["it" is finished]...we wish each other the "Peace of Christ"..."Peace be with you"...
I lay down my gloves and you yours...
we are equal...
...and then I wonder...it is easy to "lay down our gloves" when we are "likeminded". However, when we are on "opposing" sides, and sometimes we are on that "right" side, is it something easy to do? Lay down our gloves and forget the "fight"...Is this kind of "Peace" possible? Yes...if we are "equal"...it is peace...however...until then, how will we achieve peace on earth? How? Can Peace on Earth be more than a "state of mind"...
Ghandi was right when he said, "There is no way to Peace, Peace is the way." Any thoughts?
It's time for change...www.playingforchange.com...A group of musicians spreading the message of peace through their music! We "don't need no more war..no more trouble...a change has to come"..."a change is gonna come"...http://www.playingforchange.com/episodes/9/Change_Is_Gonna_Come Their message is world-wide. Bravo!
"And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.
But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come"......Jesus
In the parable, Jesus likens the growth of the Kingdom of God to a man scattering seeds on the ground: they sprout and grow without the man doing anything more, or even understanding the process by which they grow. In time the grain ripens and the man harvests it.
Most scholars interpret the parable as meaning that one cannot, and should not try to, understand the process of spiritual growth, any more than other obscure and complex processes, though the end results themselves are rewarding. Hanne,I don't know who these scholars are that they talk about, but I agree with the philosophy. Because Hopefully, Eventually "As You sow, You shall reap""Happy Trails" & "Happy Sowing"Hippy Al
Thank you Hanne, for the comment on my tribute to Mary Travers. Please accept my sympathy for the loss of your mother. I'm glad this blog has helped you to come to terms (a little) with your sorrow. I also shed tears for loved ones lost when the memories of past events surfaced while watching and listening to Mary sing "Leaving on a Jet Plane." It's a lovely video of her and I'm so glad I found it. Please accept my request... I would love to add you to my connections. I think we share the same memories and attitudes toward several things. Come join my group FRIENDS FOR FRIENDS. I think you would enjoy it! Have a good day, Hanne. Peace and Love! --Christie
After a long battle, my mom has found that perfect peace. She passed on Sunday and is free of the struggles and battles of this world. Perfect peace...if only we could find it before that day comes for all of us...
Thank you for the wonderful few lines you wrote on my profile comment. Glad to note that you enjoyed my pictures and videos. I look forward to communicating with you in days to come for our mutual advantage. Must tell you one thing. I came back to India in mid 2003 after 25 long years at the beautiful city of Oxford. Though I am missing Oxford very much, I never felt like going back. Kerala is such a wonderful place and if you work with people at the grassroots you can see what life is all about. They have plenty of love for everyone, something unheard of in the West. Life here is proving to be an incredible experience for me. It changed my entire outlook on life. Take care and do stay in touch!