Working Inside – Blessed are the Peacemakers, 09-13Nov – #454

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A long processing piece or PEACE:

There is double meaning  to a parking pass sign that I got for my car at a visit to a church soup kitchen… “Working Inside” means: 1) People doing the work of God for people, at a no-judgment zone at the soup kitchen.   And 2) … “Working Inside” everyone has God!!! God is working inside – trying to percolate the eternal peace from the inside out with bubbles of His Spirit…

Fittingly a song of peace called “this is my song”, was beautifully played on piano by a seemingly homeless woman with such tremendous JOY on her face… During this music a friend came up to me and remarked that it was interesting how humans judge the outside but God sees how beautiful every person is on the inside… Yup, because God knows they are all HIS children of God… God is working inside them and working them for the benefit of all His children… HE WANTS THEM TO FIND PEACE… God wants them to find God – the kingdom of the heart…
“O hear my song, thou God of all the nations, a song of peace for their land and for mine”…

Luke 17
20 Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, 21 nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst.”

Here’s the peace processing piece…

Working Inside – Blessed are the Peacemakers, 09-13Nov

I have busy days but I have peace and quiet pockets from time to time – this morning before church I have a peace-filled pocket for writing… and I appreciate all the PEACE that God is working on constantly within us (if all in the world would only listen – and remember to take Jesus up on His offer of peace…).. Pockets of peace exist so that you can slip into them…

Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God, Matthew 5:9

Peace first needs to be achieved internally for any hope of sharing peace externally… PEACE, we have to work at it and peace does NOT mean there will be no conflict… Peace actually costs us big time… Peace cost God big time, He gave His only son… PEACE is unfinished until we are all with Christ…

I pray everyone PEACE; the world shows that it is going to be rough ahead of us, THIS IS NOT NEW, so I look internally for peace everyday for myself with a newness of heart in Christ, so that I can figure out what I can do about peace on earth…

I sing with my nursing home friends: “Let there be peace on earth, And let it begin with me….To take each moment, And live each moment, With peace eternally.”

Sometimes at the nursing home we sing the Star Spangled Banner and with lyrics of “rockets’ red glare” – it is an interesting dilemma of peace with war…  peace thru conflict… hmm… the devotion book pointed out that God sent Jesus to bring PEACE but Jesus did not experience peace himself – it was certainly not given by humans – Jesus’ human time on Earth ended with a non-peaceful crucifixion – but we are able to persevere with Him as Spirit in us.. Peace thru Christ… Working inside…

At a Veteran’s day ceremony i noticed that God is sliding the pieces of His peace puzzle (that is our lives), and I listened and appreciated the service of our Veterans even more – the speaker told of how it is against human nature to become military folks and having to be trained to be able to engage in conflict – and that it is also the duty of us at home to support the “retraining” and decompression of these soldiers as they transition back to civilian life – we are failing there as a country – we have so many homeless veterans… Peace thru conflict…

We have so much freedom that we take for granted… we really do… I bet fewer and fewer people visit Gettysburg then visit their local malls… schools don’t even take field trips hardly anymore… I decompressed this thought with a fellow photographer at the Revolutionary War cemetery – that the tens of thousands killed in three days at Gettysburg would fill a major college stadium – those were all Americans fighting, wow… We barely remember…

At the homeless soup kitchen in a Center City church the Deaconess spoke of the 20% veterans who walk through the door… Yeah 20% are vets!… She asked us to spread the news and become advocates for fair wages and for fair treatment of citizens… she called for justice which mirrored the devotion of our UMW meeting… Peace thru justice…

All the homeless are marginalized and many of them have been racially profiled as well for criminal offenses which makes it even tougher to find a job at a living wage… there are so many stories so many hurting people… and the people I talk to were so smart and interesting… there is so much peace to be shared with everyone and so much to be learned from all children of God… at least two gentlemen urged a seven year old boy (whom I was working with as a cheerful greeter) to do well in school and go to college… He and I conversed with many folks and we both agreed that our jobs that evening were to be the salt of the earth – to be friendly and kind to everyone just like Jesus would be… A seven year old knows how Jesus acts, we should all learn from these pockets of peace…

A smiling woman carried a backpack of well used piano music, she has played piano since she was 10, plus one of our youth group members also played the piano for her…  this woman and her partner had complete JOY on their faces while she played… she showed me a song and I sang with her and her partner… “This is my song” – a song about peace that is desirable through all the nations…we discussed the songs derivation; she and I shared how people don’t always tap into that internal conversation with God – how important that is… She and I understood how God’s peace is vital to our lives … How God brings peace and JOY and the ability to continue on…

Reading the lyrics reflect my life observations lately – they tell us there is no greater prayer then to pray thru God’s hand for peace internally and throughout the world – Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called Children of God.

God is “Working Inside”; we are to listen to our internal peace keeper… And keep listening…

Amen

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This is My Song
https://youtu.be/H8FPOjgX07c

“This is my song, O God of all the nations,
a song of peace for lands afar and mine;
this is my home, the country where my heart is; here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine: but other hearts in other lands are beating with hopes and dreams as true and high as mine.

“My country’s skies are bluer than the ocean, and sunlight beams on cloverleaf and pine; but other lands have sunlight too, and clover, and skies are everywhere as blue as mine: O hear my song, thou God of all the nations, a song of peace for their land and for mine.

“This is my song, O God of all the nations,
a prayer that peace transcends in every place; and yet I pray for my beloved country — the reassurance of continued grace: Lord, help us find our one-ness in the Savior, in spite of differences of age and race.

“May truth and freedom come to every nation; may peace abound where strife has raged so long; that each may seek to love and build together,.a world united, righting every wrong; a world united in its love for freedom,
proclaiming peace together in one song.”

This is my prayer, O Lord of all earth’s kingdoms, thy kingdom come, on earth, thy will be done; let Christ be lifted up ’til all shall serve him, and hearts united, learn to live as one: O hear my prayer, thou God of all the nations, myself I give thee — let thy will be done.

More info on the song at
http://prometheusli.com/musings/a_song_of_peace.htm

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