`For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
This last month has been a month of turmoil for me. If someone had suggested I would get this upset and angry over an election I would have thought they were nuts. And yet there it is. This presidential election has turned my emotions inside out. Not because of the politics. In the end I honestly wonder if it even makes a difference if our president is a Democrat or a Republican.
No, my emotional upheaval has been that our country, the place I call home, and where I’ve always felt good could ultimately prevail, has chosen to elect as leader a man who, in my opinion, is not fit to run this country. He has none of the qualities that make a good leader. In fact, the idea of his presidency scares me silly.
So here we are in the first week of Advent and I’m still pretty much a mess. My family has been lighting the Advent Wreath each night using a little devotional book based on Christmas songs, “Why This Jubilee?” by James C. Howell. Now I’m guessing that the Creator of Everything knew how much I needed to settle down and be at PEACE during this special season. NOT being at PEACE has SO NOT been good for me. It wasn’t an accident or a coincidence that we decided to use this book. It was because that Creator knew I needed to hear words of PEACE and COMFORT.
“O little town of Bethlehem, how STILL we see thee lie!
Above thy DEEP and DREAMLESS SLEEP the SILENT stars go by.
Yet in they dark streets shineth the everlasting LIGHT;
The HOPES and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.”
So where has PEACE shown up in my life this week? At the intersection of HOPES and FEARS. Just listening to the words of Phillips Brooks’ “O Little Town of Bethlehem” each day has been a balm to my soul. Little by little the strain of the past few months has begun to fall away. And I need to hold onto that PEACE that I’m finally finding — or that’s found me — for the Creator of Everything has said:
And praises sing to God the King, and PEACE to men on earth!
No matter what happens, that PEACE will always be there for me if I stay STILL and keep looking toward the LIGHT.