Saturday, March 13, 2010

March 13 – The Preparation of Peace

Peace is not always found in silence, nor is quiet alone a panacea for those who cannot find their way to peace.

A house on a quiet street may be filled with tumult, human or artificial, sometimes welcoming, on occasion distressful, even symphonic and in some houses, frightening. A quiet stream can be loud in an otherwise silent landscape. The little bird that sings one to sleep may agitate another and underscore his agitation.

A quiet heart can keep silence in a madding crowd, but the distraught soul knows no stillness, not even in utter silence.

In Cor Unum, we choose peace. We are a warring community, of which much more will be said, but we contend in peace with those that contend with God’s people. Those whose bows are bent against men, to bring them harm and to increase their distress and to keep them from the knowledge of God are to be resisted, and our resistance is their doom. (James 4:7)

As Scripture (Ephesians 6:12) makes plain to us, our battle is not with flesh and blood. We are called to appear in battle array against
• Principalities
• Powers
• Rulers of the darkness of this world
• Spiritual wickedness in high places

This would be a mighty army, indeed, would it not? This would be an awe-inspiring army, the regiment that could stand and contend with the forces that have brought mankind to ruin over all the ages of the earth.

Does such a resplendent army really exist? Why do we not see it?
It will be seen in Cor Unum, when we stand to fight, and when we choose to fight in the strength and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

"What's Inside?"
photo by Kerry

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