As you may know, in the Christian calendar today is the first Sunday of Advent. Advent starts on the fourth Sunday before Christmas day and marks the coming of Christmas. It is a time of preparation.
If you have been a long time reader of my blog you will know that I always mark the four Sundays of Advent each year. This year I have decided that I will share a little with you each week about four different topics. Peace, Hope, Joy and Grace.
Originally I had planned that the first post would be about Faith, but at the moment I am instead drawn to Peace.
What does Peace mean to me?
It means many things. Harmony, quiet, stillness. You might also think of peace as being the opposite war. We reach a peace treaty, we seek peace.
Of course we all hope for peace in the sense of not being at war, and for goodness sake we all know that we need peace of that sort in the world right now. For everyone we need peace, no matter your religion or faith, creed, colour, sexual preference, tall, short, thin or fat. We all surely hope for and look for peace. I am right there along with you, desperate for peace.
Flipping the coin a little though to look at another meaning of Peace what do I find?
Walking along by a body of water, the sea, a river, a lake. That is very peaceful for me. Seeing a big open sky, with nothing around where you can really see the sky in all of its glory. Quiet times in the garden, with the birds flying around and singing and looking at the beautiful flowers. Baking. Crocheting. Staring into space and doing nothing. Laying in my hammock in the garden in the summer and just watching the wind rustle the leaves in the trees.
Such peaceful moments.
I find the quiet moments of stillness when I am alone. There is no noise. No television or radio. I am not writing with the tap tapping of the keyboard. Just the quiet when I can think and be. Recently the radio in my car has only been working intermittently. Sometimes it just cuts out and there is no radio to be had. Usually I drive along with it on at full blast and often sing. Now though I have times of quiet and of peace. I am enjoying it more than I thought I would. Although it does make me worry about how much longer my dear little car will last!
My thoughts can be my own and can flow as I wish them to and can take me to different places, to consider different things.
So as Advent is a time of preparation for Christmas and as we surely need peace in many of its forms, this week I am going to spend some time seeking peace, being peaceful and hoping that I can in some small way bring peace to someone else in the world.