Keep us in perfect peace

Christian Missionary Baptist Church.. circa 1972... Benediction:
"May the Lord watch.  Between me and thee.  While we are absent.  One from another.  Keep us in perfect.  Until we meet again.  This we ask.. in Jesus' name.  Amen." 
In other words.. You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here!

I had no idea I was going to remember that, until I finished typing it.  I haven't been in a Baptist church in years! Nor have I wanted to.  I bring up the perfect peace benediction because I realized tonight that lately, I have not been in perfect peace. 

I've been very introspective and contemplative and judgmental of others who are expressing themselves in less than perfectly peaceful ways.  I think I've had my fill of negativity, and I'm grossly turned off by it.  But the more I am turned off by it, the more I hear of it.. The more I read of it.. Observe it.. Encounter it.  Enough already!  I want peace in my own life and thoughts!  And I want to not judge others for seemingly not wanting peace!

I understand it, but for some reason lately, I don't buy this rationalization..  "If people knew better. They would do better." 

I am discovering as I read the book I'm reading now.. "We Snap in Silence," that it's ok to get real about what hurts, and why.  People are.. women especially, are at a point of true surrender and authentic self love.  And they feel it's time and even safe to take off the masks and snap out loud!  

But that sort of thing has been vexing me, lately.  I'll get over it soon enough, though.

In the mean time, I'm loving reading something besides blog posts, job listings, and comments on walls!

More to come.. as I read and review the book my friend, Lavender S. Williams wrote..  "We Snap in Silence."

1 comment:

  1. Perfect Peace is my secret place where NO ONE can go - even in the midst of negativity. Going to another level in my mindset is FREEDOM!