In our crazy world, peace seems elusive. Whether its violent chaos across the sea, or the storms that rage in our own minds and hearts, peace doesn’t come easily. It takes giving things up, including the old way of doing things. This second week of Advent, take time to pursue peace.
- How would you describe peace?
- Malachi 2:17-3:4.
- If silver is a metaphor for life, what might refining look like?
- Who is the refiner?
- “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas (2000)”.
- What changed so the Grinch could find peace?
- What did he lose?
- What change does peace make in him?
- Take a few moments to be still.
- Turn off devices, and anything else that could interfere with this time.
- Now, sit comfortably.
- Notice your breath.
- As thoughts arise, brush them aside and return to the rhythm of your breathing.
- Spend 5 minutes experiencing peace.
What difference does it make?
- Think of a situation in your life, or in the world, where peace is needed.
- What needs to be removed for peace to come?
- Describe what changes peace would bring to that situation.
(Here is the content of this clip in true Dr. Seuss style.)
Then the Grinch heard a sound rising over the snow.
It started in low, then it started to grow.
But the sound wasn't sad. Why, this sounded merry.
But it was merry. Very. Somehow or other, it came just the same!
And the Grinch, with his Grinch feet ice-cold in the snow...stood puzzling and puzzling. How could it be so?
It came without ribbons! It came without tags!
And he puzzled and puzzled...till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before.
Maybe Christmas-he thought--doesn't come from a store.
Maybe Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more.
Help me! I'm...feeling!
And what happened then--Well, in Whoville they say...that the Grinch's small heart grew three sizes that day