This from my friend, Scott Owings, spiritual formation minister at Otter Creek Church in Nashville, Tennessee.
Saint Serafim of Russia wisely said, “Be at peace with yourself and thousands around you will be saved.”
Deep inner peace is not only a gift to be received but something to be pursued. Therefore, our first order of business is to seek the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ. As we slow down our lives and move towards a life of simplicity and contemplation, we make room in our lives not only to receive the Spirit’s gift of peace but to be a peacemaker as well.