I received the following meditation in my email today and was encouraged by the sender to forward it.
Meditations for God’s Peaceful People by Karen Horst Cobb
There is a perfect cycle to growing peas. Vegetable scraps are thrown over the fence and gobbled up by hungry goats and chickens. The treats result in dung, filled with potential. A shovel full well placed in the garden nourishes tender sugar snap peas and results in more scraps to throw over the fence ……. The perfection of the cycle is worthy of worship!
There is a similar cycle to growing peace. Words and actions of peace are distributed across fences. Our efforts always yield results which hold great potential. If lies, violence and war remain in society untouched by the caretakers they become increasingly more offensive, toxic, and repulsive. But, with will and wisdom even the most vile can be used to grow peace and understanding.
Today there is a lot of dung and the field is fertile for peace plantings. We must place love over the fences and the seeds of our will must fall to the ground and die daily in fertile soil. Let the Sun of God and showers of his blessings build strong plants producing fruit. The cycle continues…
Oh Lord, let my will die in fertile soil and my love reach over fences. May I never grow weary of planting peace – Amen