It is there that the required formation and life instills into us what peace really is. it is an absence (or a struggle against) the forces that act against a peaceful people as God has called us to gather to be (notice I don’t say “here”, but “there”*). The peaceable kingdom is the story to which we are called, and to make it our story.
* just an aside; a spiritual footnote, to my exasperating failure to find a place that is putting up a fight against the culture, and in doing so, lives a life centered on discipleship and worship. Discipleship requires an accountability which has become anathema to our individualistic culture. It has caused me to feel I am growing sick, and that the isolation I feel makes it all the harder to continue trying. I have felt is creep into the blogosphere, perhaps more so because of my realization that this blogosphere is not any kind of “solution”. I believe it helps engender an appreciation of the scope of the seekers for authentic church, but it also heightens the sense of local lacking. And as I rail against the shallowness of efforts at church, I recognize my own impatience. But then my inner demons suggest to me that if I give it a better , more serious try (and to stick with something longer) , that this will only enable those with whom I attempt to find this a way to recognize how little there is in me to make it an attractive idea to be with me on this journey in any serious life-sharing way. ……this “aside” is really an undercurrent that feels like such a dark cloud, and a heavy burden that so weighs on me that I feel like a complete bore. That’s just me today (and on many occasions over the past months).