GTA Advent Journey Day 19: Prince of Peace

GTA Advent Journey

Day 19: Prince of Peace

Without Jesus at the center of our being our hearts can become crusted over with hardness  imprisoning us with chains of fear and doubt. Yet the key to unlock the door is within our grasp. Nothing is impossible, only our pride shuts our prince of peace out.

Edward Hicks (American, 1780 – 1849 ), Peaceable Kingdom, c. 1834, oil on canvas, Gift of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, Image Source

 

Edward Hicks was an American folk artist who lived in Pennsylvania during the early years of our country.  He lived a quiet life as a Quaker minister who doubled as a coach maker and painter. He blended his spiritual life with his craft by bringing this imaginary world to life on canvas.

A charming scene… a dream…

“The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. The cow will feed the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox.” – Isaiah 11: 6-7

Look closely and in the distance you will see a tiny assembly of Settlers with a group of Native Americans signing a peace treaty on the banks of a serene river.  Because of the abundance of warm earth tones used associated with harvest and thanksgiving, the painting is autumnal in feeling and radiates peace, calm and family gatherings to our heart. With this comes a general feeling of friendship and brotherhood and the eternal hope for peaceful relations among all the members of God’s kingdom.

Hicks is reminding us that with Jesus, anything is possible…

Prince of Peace

How can we make Jesus our personal Prince of Peace?  The answer is as simple as one two three:

  1. Pray!
  2. Read!!
  3. Meditate!!! 

When we pray we include Jesus in our lives. We are reminded we are not alone.

When we read the holy scriptures we refocus our thoughts as Jesus teaches us with his wisdom. 

When we meditate on pictures of Jesus our hearts are transformed. Gazing, either through images, poetry, dance or song, fills our hearts and helps us to touch the divine nature of God that lives within us.

Knowing this I can:

find the gift of any situation.

learn to walk around in another’s shoes.

become less self and more Christ centered. Jesus becomes our Prince of Peace. He is heir to the throne of peace that lives within our hearts.

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulations. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” ~ John 16: 33

Grace and Peace be with you:)

 

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