When was the last time you felt real peace? Was it in the first moments of morning, in between the last dream of night and the first breath of a new day? Was it the peace of an uncluttered home after several months of cleaning and reorganizing? Was it the peace after the last payment on your car, student loan or mortgage was made? In all of these instances, peace is a moment of freedom.
After greeting them with peace, the risen Christ explains to his disciples that this peace is a choice.
“Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them and whose sins you retain are retained.”
Are you ready for this peace? Are you going to continue to live on the leash of old hurts and poor choices? Or will you release yourself from the guilt that keeps you from living to the fullest? Peace is freedom from the past. Peace is freedom to be fully present to the future. Peace is freedom to live completely as God has called you to be. Peace is believing, receiving and sharing the unconditional love of Christ.
Are you ready for the light of Christ to overcome the darkness? Whose sins have you forgiven? How did you feel? Do you still feel like something is restraining you from experiencing the fullness of life? Are you ready to forgive yourself for old mistakes? Let go of your past and live in Love!
George Herbert, (1593–1633) was an Anglican priest and poet. Several of his writings were set to music in Ralph Vaughn Williams’ Five Mystical Songs. In my favorite of these songs, Herbert writes:
Love bade me welcome; yet my soul drew back,
Guilty of dust and sin.
But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow slack
From my first entrance in,
Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning
If I lack’d anything.
‘A guest,’ I answer’d, ‘worthy to be here:’
Love said, ‘You shall be he.’
‘I, the unkind, ungrateful?
Ah, my dear, I cannot look on Thee.’
Love took my hand, and smiling did reply,
Who made the eyes but I? -from Love (III)
Love is the risen Christ who takes you by the hand and invites you to share in His banquet. You are the invited guest, welcome, worthy and drawn to lasting peace. Is it possible that peace is closer than the bottom of your closet or final car payment? Perhaps peace is a tender smile where the light of Christ shines forth to fuse the worn heart to wholeness. Perhaps, peace is the tender gaze that engulfs your heart in steadfast affirmation: you are worthy, you are loved.
Open your eyes. Open your mind. Open yourself to real peace. Do not be afraid. A bright and beautiful future awaits.
Elena Victoria Brandt © www.fontsound.org