A Season of Peace … Lives of Peace … Peace in our hearts and homes: So begins the fall at DAPC.
With the Peace pole sitting in the sanctuary, in preparation for rededication next month, we explored the role of peace in our hearts and homes, posting on the pole how we find peace in our lives so we can live peace in the world.
Here’s what we posted – WE FIND PEACE:
· When I first stepped foot in this church! I am always at peace and feel God’s love when I am with my church … also when I am walking in the morning.
· Holding thoughts of concern and compassion to those who try to harm me. Practicing contentment. Reflection and meditation on Scripture.
· Peace and Unity for the whole world …Love, Love, Love!
· Playing with children, walking, being with good friends, forgiving, self-responsibility.
· Walking the edge of a high plateau and looking out at a valley of trees, flowing stream and listening for the sounds of God’s world.
· At home over a meal with family, extended family and friends.
· Trusting God after a failure and allowing the Spirit to alter my soul: opening my mind to see the purpose in everything; caring for my confusion, preserving me in Jesus name. His peace and promise has been vindicated!
· Becoming a personal instrument for peacemaking daily.
· Sitting by a lake watching small waves and the scenery around the lake.
· Walking and working … Thanks to God!
· On or near the water to appreciate nature after the horror of Red Lake shooting, gathering in a huge crowd at the State Capitol when eagles flew overhead – we cried in peace. How wonderful to have a sign from above.
· Singing Peace Like a River around a campfire.
· Dreaming of my deceased parents and remembering how they taught me to love everybody.
· Walking along the Pacific coast near San Francisco and hiking up the hills of Sausalito.
· Hearing the waves and sounds of the North Shore.
· Realizing that life has not been stressed of late and I AM TRULY BLESSED!
· Becoming a Child of Peace sharing/bringing hope and faith to others – church, Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance, family.
· When I got a surprise hug at the bank from a man I had visited in prison … When I read in church notes of Jim’s death.
· Flying over the Rockies and witnessing the beautiful allure of God’s presence.
· Sitting by and swimming in Jack Lake–my warmest and truest place of peace … where I want my ashes to be left.
· In the comfort of darkness.
· With family and sitting quietly listening to nature.
· Visiting Jean in long-term care: a quiet companionship of peace. Traveling to see Coventry Cathedral: a strong sense of peace.
· Watching my sons dance to Michael Jackson and Usher … also when I see my wife’s warm and caring smile.
· Sharing peace with others in need by using my gift of listening.
· Teaching my children love, patience, kindness and peace. Reminding them they are children of God ... I find peace whenever I see my families faces.
And the church says … AMEN!