Ever since the beginning of this past holiday season, the song, “Let There Be Peace On Earth” has been reverberating in my mind. I find myself humming the sweet melody as I wash dishes in the early morning, singing the hopeful words as I play in the sandbox with my son, and meditating on the concept of peace when I have a quiet moment alone.
If you don’t know the song, I’ve linked a precious version here. Listen to it, then come back to finish reading.
This winter, I began to see peace as something that can radiate from a person who knows Christ. Perhaps that sounds simple, but I had previously thought of peace as private- possibly visible to others, but not really contagious. Now, I think of peace as a quality that surrounds a person, like a spiritual Midas touch.
In this busy season of life as a toddler mom, teacher, ministry volunteer, wife, and DIY home renovator, a profound craving for tranquility has motivated me to spend time with friends who naturally impart peace. I am less patient with idle chatter (though I still struggle to be purposeful in my frequent phone conversations with family), and I am learning to cherish shared silence. As has been the case in many areas, Robert understood this long before I did, and I am beginning to catch up. I am ever thankful for his patience with me.
I am also beginning to see peace as a verb. I can bring quiet and restfulness to my little corner of the world, as long as I am connected to the Source of peace (the Prince of Peace, if you will). I cling tightly to the idea of Peace on Earth beginning with me, but not in a narcissistic fashion. I long to be like those friends who have an aura of calm, because I know that is water for a parched planet.
When I was in high school, a friend grabbed my arm as we were waiting for the results of an elimination round of the state championship debate tournament. After a moment, the grip was released with a word of appreciation, “Thank you. You are such a calming presence.” The memory has stayed with me, partially because it was odd, but mostly because of the words. I have wondered many times in the years since that day what that friend saw in me. What was the calming presence? Was it the Holy Spirit? I hope so. I also hope that someday, that memory will have others to corroborate the claim. I want friends to see me as a calming presence, a person to cling to in time of stress. I am not there yet, but I long to be transformed.
Lord, let your peace flowing through me quench the thirst of those around me. Help me find rest and quiet- you know my desperate need, but also help me to be a carrier of that blessing. I want to share it with everyone I touch.
Let there be peace on earth And let it begin with me Let There Be Peace on Earth The peace that was meant to be With God as our Father Brothers all are we Let me walk with my brother In perfect harmony. Let peace begin with me Let this be the moment now. With ev'ry step I take Let this be my solemn vow To take each moment and live Each moment in peace eternally Let there be peace on earth And let it begin with me by Jill Jackson-Miller and Sy Miller