This section is a long section so it will be covered this week and part of next.

The following if from a former post from 2014 on the First Obstacle to Peace: The Desire to Get Rid of It:

Would you really want to throw away peace? We say “No” but we do it all the time! This week’s reading has been in Chapter 19, IV. The Obstacles to Peace, A. The First Obstacle: The Desire to Get Rid of It. Whew, long title, right? Jesus really wants us to see that we have a desire for anything but peace. Peace is simple. We make a change of mind. We empty the fear, attack and judgment thoughts and voila! Peace! Not so easy it seems as it is demonstrated by how we feel and our resulting actions.

There is that ego part of us that wants to clutch on to the grievances with others and with ourselves. I know my past week (yeah, again) has been that. Clawing and clutching onto fear. When I grab onto that fear, it only increases. The very thing I say I don’t want, fear, is the very thing that barrels its way towards me.

You see, the desire to get rid of peace creeps in so slowly. Watch your language, what is it that you say?

It’s too quiet here something is bound to happen.

There’s always a calm before the storm.

When’s the other shoe going to drop?

We keep peace at bay. We keep it in the future. I’ll be at peace, WHEN, whatever the WHEN is to you. We keep peace away because of fear and wanting to be safe and secure, yet that fear driving us is literally driving us to hell and then some!

How mighty can a little feather be before the great wings of truth? Can it oppose an eagle’s flight, or hinder the advance of summer? Can it interfere with the effects of summer’s sun upon a garden covered by the snow? See but how easily this little wisp is lifted up and carried away, never to return, and part with it in gladness, not regret. For it is nothing in itself, and stood for nothing when you had greater faith in its protection. Would you not rather greet the summer sun than fix your gaze upon a disappearing snowflake, and shiver in remembrance of the winter’s cold?

We can think about this differently. That’s where we go to the subsection, The Attraction of Guilt, for one of my favorite passages in relation to what messengers do we send forth. This is how we can learn to keep the peace.

Any guilt that we feel produces fear of love. Remember that guilt is the guilt that we believe we are separated from God and that we have taken horrible strikes against Him. Yet love and peace is embedded in our memory. It is there. It cannot be taken away. We can follow the dictates of fear’s voice and most often we do.

When we listen and follow fear’s voice, we trumpet this fear outward. Toot, toot, toot, “Send out the fear” is the message to our kingdom. Fear is released and as Jesus so brilliantly paints the picture here, fear is as hungry dogs, looking for scraps of guilt, hungry and pouncing on every bit of guilt and fear that they can scrummage. They are frantic and in pain, knowing that it is only this they must return to their lord and master.

The imagery here is amazing and I remember first reading this section many moons ago and how it painted such an indelible picture in my mind. It was the perfect reading for this week as I realized my own fear and guilty thoughts were behind the skeletal witnesses that stepped forth, handing to me their silver platters of guilt and their mighty conquests of judgment.

It was not the witnesses fault. It was my own for first I portrayed this destructible scene in my own mind. They merely took their places and on their mark for this period drama of hatred, my own self-hatred.

In reading this throughout the week with our study classes and the radio show, I was able to be reborn in the words. No, it was not reborn in fear, but in love and peace. I learned (again) the power of Holy Spirit and His messengers of Love. Holy Spirit is loving, kind and gentle with me. He is a True Friend when everyone else seems to abandon you. You can always count on His Love to surround you, no matter the circumstances. You are safe in Him. The winds of hate may blow and whip wickedly around you, yet there in the center of it all is Love. Love can be trusted. Love is what sets you free.

All is as it should be. The lessons come for me at the perfect time and when they are needed, or if even simply reminded to me when the road ahead seems bleak. Ignore the naysayers of the ego, and trust in the glowing witnesses to Love who always offer me grace, just by that simple shift to a miracle.

Listen now to that softly joyous whispering that tells you too of the truth. Listen and be glad.

If you missed our show this week on this week’s reading, you can download and listen:

1st Obstacle to Peace

2nd Obstacle to Peace

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