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We live in a time of great differences. There have always been differences of belief among families, groups, peoples, and nations, but now it seems that we are approaching some type of crystallization where the differences are more pronounced and enunciated.
Today we see pronounced and emotional political differences as seen few times in history accompanied by sharp religious conflicts between Islam and the other world religions. Fortunately, we are not seeing all out world war, but there are a lot of smoldering disturbed and disgruntled people on the planet ready to take up arms. This causes all informed people no small amount of concern.
If there were a time that we could use some words of comfort or advice from the Prince of Peace, this is it.
Fortunately, his voice is not that far away. Have we forgotten what he said?
“I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” Matt 28:20
“If he is with us always, even unto the end of the world, then where is he?” asks the skeptic.
He is much closer than you may suppose. Close your eyes, still your thoughts and feelings. Let peace abide in your soul, love in your heart, and resist not the light that streams into your mind. When you find that point where peace, love and light meet, then you will know that He is here, that He has never left us alone. You will hear the Master speak:
Be not afraid, my friend, for it is I. I am indeed aware of your concern over the times in which we live and the turbulence thereof, but this is not new. Each cycle has its own set of difficulties that seem to call for a savior, but as each cycle passes humanity survives, learns a lesson and moves on to the next challenge. Each new challenge is a little different than the previous. People complain about these difficulties, but in the end we make another step closer to peace on earth good will to all men, women and living creatures including the earth itself.
I said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.”
And who are the peacemakers?
These are they who go within and from that great center of peace hear my voice and know the oneness of that center which is linked to all the children of God.
The peacemakers look not for perfect peace without, but seek it within. When the peace is discovered then nothing without can disturb it.
Consider my life which did not seem to be outwardly peaceful.
Herod tried to kill me shortly after birth. My family had to flee to Egypt for safety. When I taught many religious authorities challenged me and argued with me. When I performed miracles they accused me of using the powers of Satan.
My disciples did not understand me and argued among themselves and one close to me betrayed me leading to an agonizing crucifixion.
Even though great conflict and uproar followed me wherever I went I was still a peacemaker for I brought the peace that passes all understanding.
When I greeted my friends I often said:
“Peace be unto you.”
These were more than words for great thought and intent were also conveyed. When my friends heard these words their hearts were penetrated and their souls rejoiced. A sense of peace came over their entire being.
The outer gods and christs bring the sword of division, but the inner brings peace and unity. The true peacemakers light the inner candle that glows and sends peace, light and love and lights the inner candle of associates. The peacemaker widens his circle of inner peace wherever he goes.
If you want to do your part in bringing peace on earth then find my peaceful presence at the core of your being and from that point of focus send peace to whoever will receive.
Say, or at least think, “Peace be unto you,” to all you meet this Christmas season. In doing this you move the world a step closer to outer peace as well as inner peace.
One more time… Hear my voice penetrate your whole being.
“Peace be unto you – may the love of God rest upon you.”
Copyright 2015 by J J Dewey
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