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A Time of Peacefulness

by Zig Main

Amidst the worry and all the changes in routine resulting from the Coronavirus, some things still stay the same. For me, that includes walking our dog, Delia, around the neighborhood twice a day. There is the regular rhythm of my pacing; the predictability of where Delia will choose to stop and sniff; and the cars passing by periodically.

However, in recent days, I have witnessed two great changes. With the advent of warmer weather and spring blossoms and blooms, more people are venturing outside for a wander. However, the far more obvious change is on the roads themselves.

Usually, I am passed by fifty or more cars, as people go about their regular business. Yet now I am struck by their absence. Indeed, this morning I walked my dog for almost an hour and was not passed by a single vehicle. And it has made my strolling to be a real time of peacefulness.

Peace is the primary thing we have all lost during this troubling time. Our normal routines are shattered; we are assailed by worry about what will happen next. But peace is one of God’s main gifts to us. 

On the eve of his passion, which we are about to celebrate, Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” [John 14:27]

So let us, amidst all the upheaval, let us take time to experience God’s own peace. And let us strive to share that with others (electronically or from at least six feet away).

Or, in the words that God told Moses to bless the priests:

The Lord bless you and keep you;

the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you;

the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.

[Numbers 6:24-26]

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