The peace of God is yours

Even if we are persecuted and mistreated, the peace of God is at hand, to be felt and demonstrated.

Has the peace of God ever seemed out of reach to you? Do you feel you live in a world that seems far from God? Sometimes I've felt that way. But during a long period of conflict and unhappiness I learned that the peace of God can never really be taken from us.

I was on a new job that was going very well. But after a few months my boss began to ignore me. He made a practice of avoidance. Then he began a series of deliberate attempts to humiliate me before others with what I felt were willful and unwarranted verbal attacks. This became a pattern of outright harassment, which at times seemed unbearable. I knew that my work and my relations with others were good, so the reason for this man's hostility was a mystery to me. Each day I turned to God in quiet prayer and, as I had learned in Christian Science, sought a better understanding of the man God has created as His own likeness.

After a particularly trying episode, I was led to this Bible verse: "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee." Christian Science assured me that our loving Father forever holds His children in perfect peace. I was learning that to keep awake to that fact, and prove it, requires two things: complete and unwavering trust in divine Love; and constantly keeping one's thoughts and actions in harmony with the divine Mind that governs its creation. That's what I had been allowing to slip. I also knew from experience that letting that Mind be in us that was so fully expressed in Christ Jesus invokes the divine law of good, the omnipotence that heals.

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A heart for community
June 15, 1992

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