a collect for peace

sometimes … all we can do is pray …


peace-ful gathering

The gathering, err gathered again this afternoon. We considered, contemplated, talked about peace.

This was a good collaborative gathering and I didn’t really know what was happening until it happened. In that sense it was exciting, particularly as things came together which showed a God imprint on what we were doing. Things seemed to flow which gave the impression this was all carefully planned … but it wasn’t!

We looked at some quotes on peace and were challenged by:

Peace: it does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart. (unknown)

Before moving into our Open Space time we listened to Cyndi Laupers ‘True Colours’ which Jim had put together with some images. The stations of Open Space saw us making cranes of peace, thinking about what things we use when we think of peace at home (books, chocolate, wine etc.). We also looked at a great resource from the Methodist Church called a Gift of Peace.

We ended our time together with this Celtic Blessing from the Gift of Peace before we shared drinks and cake.

Deep peace of the running wave to you
Deep peace of the flowing air to you
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you
Deep peace of the shining stars to you
Deep peace of the gentle night to you
Moon and stars pour their healing light on you
Deep peace of Christ, of Christ, the light of the world to you
Deep peace of Christ to you.

I was challenged and made to think today … thanks everyone.