Positive peace

“I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizens’ Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr, Letter from Birmingham Jail

What peace to you work toward?

Spacious

“ A lot of unimportant inner litter and bits and pieces have to be swept out first….So let this be the aim…to turn one’s innermost being into a vast empty plain, with none of that treacherous undergrowth to impede the view. So that something of “God” can enter you, and something of “Love”, too…the love you can apply to small, everyday things.” ~ Etty Hillesum

How do you create inner empty plains?

Ruptured

The journey of reconciliation is grounded in a call to see and encounter the rupture of this world so truthfully that we are literally slowed down. We are called to a space where … we are called to learn the anguished cry of lament. … it is the cry of those who see the truth of the world’s deep wounds and the cost of seeking peace. It is the prayer of those who are deeply disturbed by the way things are. ~ Katangole/Rice, Reconciling all things

Where do you learn lament?

Pecking

“Let there be
an opening
into the quiet
that lies beneath
the chaos,
where you find
the peace
you did not think
possible
and see what shimmers
within the storm.” ~ Jan Richardson, The Cure for Sorrow

Fannie Lou Hamer

“Rest comes as rest comes … When it comes, it is balm to the spirit and solace to the soul. This is the rest that wafts from a wellspring of intentional justice seeking as spiritual practice. … Fannie Lou Hamer was cloistered in an activist movement, finding her focus, restoration, and life in God in the midst of the beloved community already here and yet coming.” ~ Barbara Holmes, Joy Unspeakable

Do you find rest in seeking justice?

Stir up peace

“Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.” ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer

What responsibility will take you one step further?