“How can I make peace attractive to you who know it not? The Bible says, ‘The sun shines and the rain falls on the good and evil alike.’ Why then do you think that peace is endless sunshine? Peace is merely enjoyment of the rain and sun, night as well as day. Without judgment cast upon it, peace shines on all that you would look upon, as well as every situation you would face. (A Course of Love, 6.16)”
1 – Tranquility in Tough Times
This passage may be a new idea for us. Peace can be found even when there is rain in the forecast. And rain is a metaphor. Any difficult situation can be the impetus to pray for the tranquility that we seek, and we can rest assured that the tranquility will come.
2 – “Perfectly Calm and Quiet” Good?
Many of us live in parts of the world that have seasons around the year. We enjoy the variations in climate, the heat, the cold, and the in between. So it is not surprising that we turn aside from the injunction in A Course in Miracles that says that being “perfectly calm and quiet” all the time is what we are headed into, when we accept ACIM‘s teachings. We are not used to calm and quiet all the time.
3 – Judge Not the Negative
We do not have to fear peace in whatever form it comes to us in this world. So long as we do not judge the negative, we will be alright.. We may wish mightily to change the negative into something better, but we do not have to judge it to make a change. The peace that we will find, the calm and quiet, will have variations in affect. We do not have to make drama, but we will sometimes find it. But it is for ourselves to seek the peace without the drama, being ever mindful that we can live peaceably amid the chaos.
4 – Being with Our Brothers/Sisters
May we be with our brothers and sisters today when we see that difficulties of “rain” are occurring. Others need us, and it is up to us to rush to their side with aid, but only to the extent that the aid is welcomed. We ought to avoid “helping” when our help is not desired or wanted. We then withdraw, and wait for a more propitious time.
Today let me know when to feel peace. The optimal is always, but of course we are all human, and this likelihood is slim prior to Awakening. May we enjoy both the rain and the sun, the things that cry for improvement, as well as the joys. And may we thank You for the variation in our lives that lead us farther along the way to You.
May I help my brothers and sisters who need help. May I be a comfort to them. And may I too feel Your comfort when I am anxious or depressed. We all then need You more than anything else. And the blessing is that You are her for us, even when we are too agitated to take notice. Let us take notice today, even in our agitations.