Monday, June 6, 2011

let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me

I always loved that song. This morning I was reading an article in the Sentinel and a few lines really hit home. And I do mean home. We are a three generation household and things can get a bit chaotic at times. I doubt anyone visiting with us would call it peaceful here.

Most days I follow up my morning study of the Christian Science Bible Lesson with an article from the Sentinel or the Journal and then I work with some daily prayers. One of them is based on a prayer used in Mrs. Eddy's household. There are some doubts that she originated this prayer but she certainly would have been aware of it. It begins: This is God's spiritual household. Nothing can enter to annoy or destroy. Nothing can enter to manifest sin, sickness, or discouragement for God, good, keeps this household in perfect peace. There's much more and I would be happy to share it with you if you ask.

Back to this morning's article in the Sentinel. The writer says "If the world seems like an atmosphere of hate, acted out as war, how do we begin to change it? Isn't the answer that we should watch what we think? Shouldn't each live the change we want to see?" That is exactly what I needed this morning as I pray for peace and harmony for our home. She continues on "If each one begins to love instead of hate, and insists on the reality and power of divine Love, everything can change." Now that is something to consider!

Are there things in your home or household that you would like to see change? Maybe in your workplace or in your branch church. That change has to begin with your own thinking. You need to bring it in line with divine Love. Remember, Jesus told us that the kingdom of God is within you. It is already there and established. We don't have to go looking for peace and harmony as if it were missing. Be an example of world peace right within your own life and daily activities. Look to see what you can contribute today. Can you be less critical and more supportive of those around you? Can you express more patience? Can you look at those you love and see their best qualities always present? Can you do that for yourself as well?

Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with you today. Live the change you want to see.