Recently, someone told me about an informal study on a popular television program. The survey asked people what they do the first thing in the morning. The overwhelming majority of the people said that they “pray”. She thought I would find this interesting. I do. Surprised? Yes, in some ways given commercialism. In other ways I am not surprised. The key to why people are in tune with the divine source of their lives and are intentional about it is found in many sources, one being the gospel of John (John 14:23-29) from the Christian scriptures.
In this particular scripture passage Jesus says to the disciples: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” And with these words Jesus promises to remain always. God’s presence remains with us always. However we name or picture God or higher power, the divine source of our lives remains with us through difficult times and in joyful times. We find peace in turning to the divine source of our lives. We may be less troubled or afraid as we turn to the divine source of our lives.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” In a similar way, we often ask the world to give us peace, love and security, yet only the divine source of our lives can give us peace in all circumstances of our lives. People turn their hearts to God each day knowing that peace is found in the divine. If we look for it in other places, we find it “not lastingly”.
Our invitation is to embrace the turning.
Blessings and peace.