Angela Ashwin

Reflection for September


 Jesus said,
' Peace I leave with you,
my peace I give to you;
not as the world gives
do I give to you.
Do not let your hearts be troubled,
neither let them be afraid.'
John 14: 27

I open up my heart to receive God's gifts
of inner peace and truthfulness,
not in my own strength,
but by the grace of Christ
who is always present to me
and loving me.

And I desire that inner stillness
where I may hear his words
of mercy and gentleness,
so that I may become a channel
of his healing peace to others.

Lord, calm my restless brain,
loosen the knots of tension within me
and touch my heart,
so that your peace may permeate
my whole being
as gently as flowing water.

'Deep peace of the running wave to you. . . '   A prayer for all who are broken and in need of healing.

(Words taken from the song 'A Gaelic Blessing')

This reflection is an expanded version of 'Peace' in Wait and Trust  by Angela Ashwin, published by Eagle, 1997 (Meditation 11,  page 37). This book ,
like its companion Wait and See, is out of print, but can be obtained second hand.