|(Munson Park, across from our house.)|
The more time we spend in solitude, silence, and listening in the presence of God, the more we are at peace with God, others, and ourselves. This is because peace is a fruit that is produced when we are attached, branchlike, to the Prince of Peace.
We carry this peace in our homes, and into the workplace. The peace that is ours affects the social atmosphere.
Inner peace has power to shape environments. I know some people who carry such peace, and it affects me.
Henri Nouwen writes about this in The Way of the Heart.
"It will be possible to move into the midst of a tumultuous world with a heart at rest. It is this restful heart that will attract those who are groping to find their way through life. When we have found our rest in God we can do nothing other than minister. God’s rest will be visible wherever we go and to whomever we meet. And before we speak any words, the Spirit of God, praying in us, will make his presence known and gather people into a new body, the body of Christ himself."
My three books are:
Praying: Reflections on 40 Years of Solitary Conversations with God
Encounters With the Holy Spirit (co-edited with Janice Trigg)
I'm now working on...
Transformation: How God Changes the Human Heart
And, when all this settles, Linda and I intend to write our book on Relationships.