“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee.” [Isaiah 26:3a]
What is this Peace which is promised to us, if we indeed ‘stay our minds’ on God?
It is first, the result of a unity of our nature.
Make God the Center of your life, and see how naturally all other things will fall into a more symmetrical order. Nothing else can serve as a center for a peaceful life.
Peace is very contagious. … We can both give it and catch it. Nothing is more delightful than to be near a person from whom we can catch it. Don’t wait to meet such a person, but BE one. … Start to put your house in order, with God’s help.
We can get a little of it, at first, and then let it grow; it is the quality, not the quantity of the peace we have that counts. All spiritual gifts are like seeds, and have a great way of growing steadily toward perfection.
Give up part of your meditation time to physical and mental relaxation, letting the thought of God as your Father of Love sink into you like water into dry land. Later, the rivulet may become ‘a deep flowing river’ as Isaiah says. And then between times, try to trust your affairs to His guidance. ‘Be of good comfort–be of one mind… and the God of Love and Peace shall be with you.’
– Edith Armstrong Talbot
excerpts from “The Gentle Art of Peace,”
Lessons in Meditation, 1912
be of good comfort,
be of one mind,
live in peace;
and the God of love and peace shall be with you.
II Corinthians 13:11