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Suffering and Peace

Suffering and peace do not seem words that can exist together. They counterpoise each other. 
Immersed in suffering on every level, it is hard, almost impossible to find any moment of respite, yet this is the very moment where your need is greatest. 
This is the very moment when God can and will bring succour to you.
This is the height of spiritual grace, to find a peace deep within your soul that radiates out to all the pain within you and touches it like a gentle balm. This is the peace beyond all understanding, truly a grace from God.
This peace is real, tangible, present and can only come through love, through spirit, from God. It is how we get through impossible moments, finding that despite the most intense pain and unimaginable agony, there is still love with us, present, tender, here with you, within this intense, unbearable moment.
This is the peace we speak of. This is the peace that flows from on high and is available to all. Only reach up and find it, now, bringing life, hope, comfort, stillness, light, to the world. Open to receive it. Amen


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"The transcendence that the church preaches is not alienation; it is not going to heaven to think about eternal life and forget about the problems on earth. It’s a transcendence from the human heart. It is entering into the reality of a child, of the poor,of those wearing rags, of the sick, of a hovel,of a shack. It is going to share with them. And from the very heart of misery, of this situation, to transcend it, to elevate it, to promote it, and to say to them, “You aren’t trash. You aren’t marginalized.” It is to say exactly the opposite, “You are valuable.”

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