in stillness, peace, God within the heart

In a sermon by Foster recorded more than 10 years ago, he said … “God is welcoming us home to peace and serenity and affirmation, and we don’t need to be afraid.  He welcomes us into the living room of his heart where we can put on old slippers and share freely.  God invites us into the kitchen of his friendship where chatter and batter mix in good fun.  God welcomes us into the dining room of his strength where we can feast to our heart’s delight.  God invites us into the workshop of his creativity where we can become co-laborers with God, working together to determine the outcome of events.  God welcomes us into the study of his wisdom, where we can grow and stretch and ask all of the questions that we want.”

I purposefully choose a few quiet minutes … to reflect on this day that the Lord has made.  Today has been an ordinary day …  a slow day …  a day to enjoy simple pleasures, to buy the groceries, to visit with family, to catch up with friends.  It’s been a peaceful day …  a day in which God was evident in the “everyday-ness” of our lives … it wasn’t a day without chores or effort or pain … and yet he has been at the core of the day.

Peace is the centre of the atom, the core
Of quiet within the storm. It is not
A cessation, a nothingness; more
The lightning in reverse is what
Reveals the light. It is the law that binds
The atom’s structure, ordering the dance
Of proton and electron, and that finds
Within the midst of flame and wind, the glance
In the still eye of the vast hurricane.
Peace is not placidity;  peace is 
The power to endure the megatron of pain
With joy, the silent thunder of release,
The ordering of Love.  Peace is the atom’s start,
The primal image.  
God within the heart.
~Madeleine L’Engle

Now may the Lord of peace himself give … me … you … peace at all times and in every way … the dance of proton and electron … God within the heart.

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