Peace has been on my mind this week. I started the week working on the pictured stole that will be offered on eBay beginning tonight. Maybe these symbols of God's love caused the Spirit to heighten my awareness and thinking of peace? For example, one of the books I'm currently reading is
grows in muddy water and rises above the surface to bloom with remarkable beauty. At night the flower closes and sinks underwater, at dawn it rises and opens again. Untouched by the impurity, the lotus symbolizes the purity of heart and mind and the peace that is found through this purity. We've had requests over the years for the lotus bloom on a ministry stole and now I have a greater understanding of why.
Lastly, having recently sung the hymn "It is Well With My Soul" in worship has caused the words to spin round and round in my head. Horatio Spafford wrote these words as a response to personal tragedy. He found peace through horrific events and made life changing decisions because of these experiences. Consequently I will keep meditating on these varied thoughts of peace. I wonder how it will impact my personal life? I hope I can discover what gets in the way of finding peace and that when I have peaceful times God will use me...because this fruit of the Spirit can be contagious!
P.S....I suspect this pondering will also cause me to add to our peace and healing ministry stole collection.