Peace

PeacePax Domini sit semper vobiscum – this is an old Latin liturgical saying meaning, “May the Peace of the Lord be always with you.”

This sounds nice, but how many of us really seek peace in our hearts in every minute of every day?

The immediacy of communication and the social pressures of our technological age has corrupted our time perception. ‘Now’ has become the new yesterday. We worry about money, our job, our status with others, our possessions, and our health. The internet and smart phones exacerbate our worrying. As a result, we are left time-crunched, stressed, and overwhelmed. Despite the rise in stress-induced illness (The most common day of the week for a heart attack to occur is Monday when everyone returns to work), we continue to pound the path in a furious race to our imaginary finish line and the peace and happiness that winning the race is supposed to bring us.

But we find no peace.

So what are we racing toward? Chances are if you were to stop and really think about it, you wouldn’t come up with satisfactory answer. You might find an explanation (I don’t have enough time; I have too much to do; I am so stressed out!), but those reasons are not the root of our frenzy. They are merely the symptoms of a much larger issue at hand. The true cause of our stress is that we are looking for peace in all the wrong places.

We need to slow down, take a deep breath, and re-evaluate our priorities.

The only place we will find true peace in this world is with our God. He is eternal ( He is going to be here for a long long time), He is omnipotent (He has the power to change anything He wants to in our lives), and He has unconditional love for us (He loves us in spite of our shortcomings). Try as we may, we mortals just can’t make stress disappear. We have to do something with it. So give it to God. Trust in Him to direct our lives down the right path and at the right pace. Not just in some things, but in all things.

That is where we can find true peace and in the end, isn’t that what we are all looking for?