Finding Peace

The line from Rudyard Kipling keeps running through my head: If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs.... This week has brought even more things that push me toward losing my head. When something destructive and violent is done, for no discernible reason than that it can be done, I have to look for ways to keep my head about me. I bet you do too. 

Another quote, of unknown origin: “Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no trouble, noise, or hard work. it means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.” 

A word often translated “peace” in the Bible actually means “to tie together as a whole, when all essential parts are joined together.” So we search for ways to tie ourselves together, to be whole, to keep our essential thoughts, values, selves joined together. There are suggestions going around, on how to do this, how to be grounded: stay away from media , pray, play music, find a quiet place, go out in nature. Things to do, to find the peace we need to be able to carry on when things get crazy all around. 

Scripture also tells ways we can keep our heads, find peace: "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." -- Philippians 4:8 

Peace be yours,