December 6, 2018
This Sunday, as we continue the theme of bringing light to darkness, we will focus on the light of Peace. I am always deeply moved and challenged by stories of people who are able to be deeply peaceful in the midst of truly challenging circumstances. Gandhi, of course, comes to mind. He taught that practicing peace called for being truthful, gentle, and fearless.
But there are many people who practice peace day after day in ways that inspire me. Perhaps you know people like that. Perhaps you ARE people like that!! It is certainly one of Unity’s primary teachings. I invite you to share your stories with us on Sunday. The more we hear these examples, the more we recognize that it’s not just famous people who can inspire and encourage us. We are surrounded by examples every day.
I have long been touched by the poem below that reminds me that peace is not passive. It calls for active courage!
Waging Peace by Sarah Klassan
(How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace. Isaiah 52: 7)
“…You might as well
wage peace as war. You’d have to stand
exposed at the crossroads of unguarded anger,
a presence, not an absence,
not gritting your teeth. Forcing your clenched hands
open. Your heart’s hard core
and everything the stubborn mind conceals
you may become disarming,
the terror in your unmasked face
radiant, your unshod, wounded feet beautiful
Peggy Christiansen is the Spiritual Leader at Unity of Fort Collins. She has over 25 years of ministry experience working with diverse populations, a M.Div. from San Francisco Theological Seminary, and a special interest in helping people find and/or develop their unique spiritual paths. Listen to podcasts of her Sunday talks.