Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Peace is not the absence of conflict...
As my "inner Maurice" and "outer Clive" continue to act out their play in my mind's stage, and manifest themselves in real life, I continue to search for peace - peace between these two conflicting aspects of my being. Will my Maurice and Clive ever get together and work it out and come to terms and live at peace together?
Occasionally one hears something at Church and it registers enough to linger in the back of the mind, compartmentalized for future pondering.
One such pondering has been this:
"Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the presence of God no matter the conflict."
As one "conflicted" as I, this thought has lingered: the peace I seek and sometimes find, is not because of the absence of conflict in my life (be that from the pain resulting from serious family issues, or the stress from living a less than authentic life), but because I still feel the presence of God and his acceptance of me, the real me, and my family.
That's what I'm most thankful for this Thanksgiving... that peace, despite or in spite of the conflict, internal or otherwise, that still comes.