Amid so much that is broken in our world as 2015 comes to a close, I wonder if I dare to pray “Let there be peace on earth…let it begin with me.” My own body is certainly showing the signs of wear and tear, chemo postponed a week so that my white blood cells and platelets can recuperate for another cycle of treatment. “Let peace begin with me” takes on a particular meaning if I think of cancer as the enemy within and the drugs as weapons of mass destruction. But that has not been a helpful metaphor for me, either the first time through cancer treatment or now.
Peace for my body, mind and spirit means allowing the Creator to bring into One whatever has separated into pieces. I believe that the Divine Energy maintains all of creation in a vision of wholeness, even when we can only see brokenness. Seen in this way, I trust that peace beginning with me means a transformation in which I can actively participate. God is the director, the author, the artist, the restorer. The desire for peace, within and without, is God’s way of moving us towards wholeness.
Each of us, then, is able to participate in bringing Peace on Earth by our willingness to allow God’s vision. In other very familiar words, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” In our interior world and in all the circles within which we move, we can allow God’s vision of peace to be realized.
Tonight, may we each spend a few moments asking that “peace begin with me”. United in this prayer, believing that God is its origin and impulse, 2016 will bring us closer to realizing peace on earth!
(And for those who would like to work for “extra credit”, I suggest this link to Pope Francis’ message for the World Day of Peace, entitled “Overcome Indifference and Win Peace”: