Now will I seek and find the peace of God.
If you ask most people what they want out of life they will answer “happiness.” And if you ask them what will make them happy, they pause, and then 75% will say more money. That’s the kind of society we have created for ourselves. After probing further, people will become aware that what they want is peace, contentment, serenity. So, the observation can be made that most Americans don’t even know what they are looking for.
In Alcoholics Anonymous, it is suggested in the eleventh step that we seek this peace by improving our conscious contact with God through prayer and meditation. Today, in the 2020s we call this “mindfulness.”
In Unitarian Universalism, we covenant together to affirm and promote the free and responsible search for truth and meaning. Okay, where should we look? Where should we search? Today, in Lesson 230, we get a hint. The hint of where to look is the peace of God, and that is within our internal mind and heart, and not without in the false promises of the world of the ego.
Today, it is suggested that we begin and end our day, and several times in between, pausing and settling inward, stepping back and letting God lead the way. As we calm down and relax, we feel the peace of God well up in our consciousness.