I hope those of you who were able to be with us this past Sunday found the discussion fruitful and engaging. There is much to be learned not only about our tradition and how it has practiced peacemaking over four hundred years in different countries, contexts, and through different periods of peace and unrest, but also about how we can follow the Prince of Peace in our own world and right here in the Northwest (I tend to think that we need both these, tradition and contemporary context, working in tandem in order to make sense of things in our world). Hopefully, we can all find areas we can grow in related to peacemaking.
Therefore, while we are continuing our theme of peace this week we are shifting gears ever so slightly and will be looking at peace with God and self. To guide us in this discussion, I’ve invited my good friend Jason Minnix from the Rivers Way Community in Beaverton. I think you’ll really enjoy Jason’s perspective (among many things he is a beekeeper, gardener, father, mirco-farmer (is that right?), spiritual director, pastor, massage therapist, and fellow podcaster with me and another minister on the “Composting Quakerism” podcast.
He’s been so kind as to send a passage of Scripture to us along with some queries for reflection. See you Sunday.
“Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them. And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.”
Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret. After the people of that place recognized him, they sent word throughout the region and brought all who were sick to him, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.” (Matthew 14:22-36)
Questions to live with this week . . .
1) When do I feel at peace with myself? (consider peace as a feeling of contentment and deep acceptance)
2) How has God been a source of peace for me in my journey?
3) Name some of the storms in your life now. Consider spending some time this week inviting Christ to give you a glimpse of his presence in these places of chaos and turmoil.