Posts tagged peace
May peace be the river

May peace be the river

in the desert of your heart

reminding you in anxiousness

your soul has not been torn apart.

Through the wild of a barren land

and all you could not understand,

it did not void your invitation

for you to embrace the day at hand.

For this life is still worth living

despite all you do not know

there is peace to be found out here.

there is room for you to grow.

– Morgan Harper Nichols

free to keep living

Even when you are faced with the reality of what is, peace is still available to you. You do not have sort through everything here. You do not have to figure out everything by tonight. You are free to trust that even though there are too many questions that do not have answers, and there are too many gaps in the story that you are waiting to be filled, peace is still here, even in the waiting.

And it is okay if you are in a place where you are not sure how to make sense of certain things. It is okay to say “I don’t know” and “I’m still waiting,” while still making room in your heart to have peace. Remember that you live in a world that is filled to the brim with immediacy, and it is normal for others to expect you to have confidence and certainty, even when you are tired, and you are just not sure how to feel. But whenever you feel the weight of having to have everything figured out, do not be discouraged. You are still free to cling to what is true: even in your unknowns, Light is still guiding you, and no matter your uncertainty, you are being led where you need to be.

And while you wait, you are free to keep living. You are free to keep giving your all to whatever each day brings. And in that space, be known for your peace. Be known for your ability to slow down and breathe deep, and say, against the unknowns, “even here, I have what I need. There are so many things I am waiting on, but they will not take this life away from me. For even here, in my uncertainty, I have found boundless peace and the freedom to let it run over absolutely everything.”

And there is grace for each of us: glorious unmerited favor that meets us right where we are

And there will be feelings that are hard to shape into phrases and there will be memories that are difficult and weighted, and there will always be grace rushing through you all the more...reminding you that even here, there is so much more in store.

Sometimes it’s hard to find the right words. And sometimes, even when you do, the words are hard to say.

It can also be hard to look back and try to make sense of things because you are not sure of what you will find...or, maybe you have an idea of what you will find, but it is not something you even know how to dig into.

When you find yourself in that place, know that you do not have to sort through all of this alone in your head, or even in your journal. You also do not have to avoid them. Instead, you can be kind and gentle to yourself as you seek out the best way to sort through this with a counselor, a mentor, or a trusted friend.

And if you do not have someone like that in your life right now, I hope that first, you can begin to seek what it would take to have at least one person to talk to, and secondly, know this: there are so many people who are right where you are, trying to sort through things that are not easy to put into words.

So even if you are still looking for clarity, closure, and peace, you are not alone in seeking this. In one way or another, we are all searching for those answers...many of us are still trying to make sense of things that happened in our childhood. And there is grace for each of us: glorious unmerited favor that meets us right where we are and freely gives us the room and the time to heal and carry on.