peace is …

Simple TreeToday was a mess!  Some students were stunned by a neuralizer (aka men in black) between the previous class and today – appeared to remember nothing of lessons learned!  Some students were restless, unfocused, antsy.  Others were combative – not up in arms – but words were spoken with spite.

Advent … peace … seemed far away today!  Then I was reminded by L’Engle in poetry that peace may not be about outward circumstances at all!

Peace is the centre of the atom, the core
Of quiet within the storm. It is not
A cessation, a nothingness; more
The lightning in reverse is what
Reveals the light. It is the law that binds
The atom’s structure, ordering the dance
Of proton and electron, and that finds
Within the midst of flame and wind, the glance
In the still eye of the vast hurricane.
Peace is not placidity;  peace is
The power to endure the megatron of pain
With joy, the silent thunder of release,
The ordering of Love.  Peace is the atom’s start,
The primal image.  
God within the heart.
~Madeleine L’Engle

Now may the Lord of peace himself give … me … you, too … peace at all times and in every way … the dance of proton and electron … God within the heart.

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