The effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever. --Isaiah 32:17
Work stretches beyond mere tasks and production of results. Its unseen depth is found in being able to care for our souls and the souls of others - to allow our being in every situation and time to transform the space around us so that others and we are made more whole by that space. The Russian saint, St. Seraphim said, “acquire peace and thousands around you will find salvation.” When we allow the Holy One to live fully in us the fruit of peace, quietness, and confidence are unleashed in our lives.
So, the most important work of our lives is the work we do in the inner core of our being. From that place we show the rare and sparkling jewels that inevitably shine a new light into the hearts of every person we encounter. When it feels easier to focus on external tasks than on the eternal echoes that reverberate in the tiny pockets of your unspoken, unvocalized self, try this: Stop whatever work you are doing, close your eyes, and breathe slowly. Feel your eyes turning downward into the darkness of your inner core. Sit very quietly and wait until you are aware of a sliver of light shining through the darkness. Let your eyes focus on the light and feel it expand until your entire body is bathed in the light of heaven. Be silent in the light allowing it to calm your anxiety, worry, pressure, and stress. Slowly, open your eyes and gaze at your skin – the light of peace will be present there – and others will be brought into that space of peace.
O God, let your work in me and my work for the world be centered in your peace.
These meditations by Renee Miller first appeared at explorefaith.org
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