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"Peace be upon you my friend". I have a right to say that always.
Some ask; "who is this man who claims the power to forgive and give peace to others?"
But here on this day I only speak of spiritual in the sense that it helps to understand the here and now empirical and material. Forgiveness and wishing peace to another could be seen as a supernatural act. Perhaps it is true but the perception should bother us.
Someday mankind will reach a good place where forgiving and wishing peace is just the norm. I truly believe that is evolutionary and not revolutionary.
Some say; "only God can truly forgive". That to me is a pretty much lame excuse, for not doing it yourself.
My boy is only 3 but just now as I wrote, he brought me some of his chips and I gave him some of my roasted seaweed. We hugged and forgave each other for a fight we had this morning. He threw a fit this morning and I got real mad and upset. Neither of us have a right to treat each other so. We moved on this morning but this evening we forgave and talked about it.
And it hit me ---- that boy at 3 years old, has the power to forgive me and free me and give me peace. How much more power do you have?
How much water must pass over the dam?
So the man goes up to three, hardened street men.
The seemingly arrogant man forgives all of them their sins.
The first jumps up and say F -U MF, who the hell are you?
The second politely asks for a buck and gets it and goes away.
The third just looks at the man and says. "how did you know I needed forgiveness?"
Well the three reactions are all completely understandable. But which one moves forward? Clearly they all do and that is just a natural fact. It is how they move forward that makes the difference. Just suppose the first cussing man stops and thinks about it later on and then forgives another and that person another. Just suppose the man with the buck thinks about it and shares it with another. And just suppose the third man really needed forgiveness to get over a hump in life. And was freed in his own mind from a demon that chased him.
Well I am not saying that these things happened but I am suggesting "what if".
Would you get mad.
If someone came up and forgave you, would you be mad or pleased.
The Judge and the Good Preacher man
A very good preacher man was in court on a speeding ticket. He was guilty and had to plead it that way.
The judge was amazed and told all right there that the preacher man had saved his marriage and his life.
The judge man exclaimed I cannot treat you differently you must pay the fine, I cannot forgive it as the example and precedence would be wrong.
The preacher man reached into his pocket to pay the fine.
The Judged motioned for him to stop. And spoke softly: "as a judge I cannot waive your fine, but there is nothing in the law that says that you must pay it. I shall pay your fine, and in my heart forgive your transgressions"
There is always a way to forgive and spread peace, it is for us to find it and then share it.
Go ahead lay your head on this at night
When you find peace you should give it!
Do you deserve the gift more than her?
Do you like to hold on to anger and hate?
Are you better than a neighbor?
Do you think you deserve to be mad at the world?
If you answered yes to any of the above, I forgive you.
What separates us from Peace?
WE DO. If you think you are so bad ass that you never commit a screw up. Just leave this hub now! If you never hold your self accountable for a wrong -- leave me and friends be, and move along. Me and my people accept our failures. We acknowledge our wrongs. Some of us can't even ask forgiveness, and some of us cannot forgive ourselves.
So along comes some kind of joker and he looks you in the eye and says "peace be upon you".
What he is really saying is that "hey man, ain't nothing so bad that I would not forgive it, and so I beg you to forgive yourself and find the peace that will give others peace and create peace" I can forgive you, can you?
Just think about your load and take on another's
I love you and I forgive you. I forgave myself first. I have peace and want you to have it. I would gladly give you mine in exchange for your angst, for if I had yours I could loosen that hold.
A real bad ass dude once said: "my yoke is light, if you carry a heavy burden, bring it on bro and give it to me". When we offer a peace we must be ready to accept and brace for the other man's burden, breathe deep bend the knees and get ready to carry the load. When we say peace brother we must accept the violence within and build up the other in peace.
We put them to work really young around here ;-)
Forgive me but you cannot call this your own.
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