Blogging for Peace and Harmony

I’m concerned about America. You probably are too. Trump’s President, and the country’s in a fighting mood. It seems half of us are happy while the other half are outraged, and the tenor of our national conversation (if you can call it that) is going from bad to worse. We’ve entered a “cycle of anger and outrage” similar to the “cycle of violence” described in the Middle East.  There has even been some violence.  Not much by world standards, but it’s definitely worrying.

It’s also wearying. I’m tired of being anxious or outraged or both, and I’ve been thinking about what I can do to break free of the nastiness. Disconnecting is one option, but that’s not my personality. More importantly, I don’t think God wants me to just punch out. First of all, the situation isn’t that extreme. Second, God chose to give me life here and now and he knows what he’s about.

In general, God expects us to be helpful to our fellow man. How am I capable of helping? What can I do to defuse stress and create a healing? I’m not very important. No one from Washington is going to call me to ask my advice on anything – not even on healthcare, about which I know a lot. How much less can I calm the popular culture?

One thing I can do is write. Another is reason. I enjoy thinking through situations and issues, coming to conclusions and expressing them on paper. God has gifted me here, and perhaps my thoughts can help people. Helpful thoughts don’t always have to be big ideas. Small insights together with a little encouragement can make big differences. They have in my life.

So I’ve decided to start blogging again. No schedule, no particular agenda except to honor God with my talents and try to be helpful. Ideally I’d like to foster peace and harmony. Not for the world, but rather for you and me. How can we be at peace despite the craziness that surrounds us? It is possible.

Are you also stressed over events? Consider asking yourself the question, “How can I help?” When the answer comes, get started.

It works. I’m only 400 words into the revived blog and I feel better already!

Thanks for reading,

Pete

Comments

  1. Thank you for your blogging impact choice. I really appreciate your approach. The schedule is far less important.

  2. Sparky Bobo says:

    I am so glad, appreciative and blessed that you are blogging again; we all need it! God Bless you with the Words God gives you.

    I am, also, concerned about America and how we will handle the Successes that will come in the future. We know how to Fail; the past 8 years have proven that. Peace, Harmony, and Love are around the Corner for those who work for them. With Success those who Succeed have responsibilities to care for the unfortunate. Jesus said in Mark 14:7 “For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you wish you may do them good; but Me you do not have always.”

    We need to Pray for those whose Candidate did not become President and, as with any Loss, they need to, as Kubler Ross said (taken from grief.com/the-five-stages-of-grief/ “The five stages, denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance are a part of the framework that makes up our learning to live with the one we lost. They are tools to help us frame and identify what we may be feeling. But they are not stops on some linear timeline in grief.”

    As Calvin Coolidge said “”Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence” and we need to “be anxious for nothing”

    So, keep blogging, Pete…we need your insights!

    • Peter Weiss says:

      Hi Sparky,
      I hope you are well. Thanks for the encouragement. I’m hopeful about the Trump agenda, most of which sounds good to me, but I do think things will get worse before they get better. Let us trust God and help one another.
      Pete

  3. Kathleen Johnson says:

    So glad to see you writing again. I know it sounds weird but I have wishing that your Mom and my father-in-law were here to talk to. Not that they could change things but they always could make me feel better. I look forward to reading your messages.

    • Peter Weiss says:

      Doesn’t sound weird to me Kathleen. I miss my mom and dad too. Unfortunately some of the best talks I ever had with mom came only after dad’s passing. I enjoy memories of both, and increasingly recognize them in me.
      Pete

  4. Peter,

    It has been a while since we have talked. Your thoughts have not gone unnoticed and I wish everybody would take a chill-pill and relax.

    But remember this glaring time in American History. Shortly before the Civil War, a new President was elected and our nation was in turmoil. Every member of Lincolns opposing party stayed home from the Inauguration in protest. They did not approve of him and the anger between the north and the south was not quelled by Lincoln or anyone else in our country. War was inevitable. Yet, after four long years, our country survived.

    I don’t think we are heading for a civil war. Our citizenry is far to sophisticated for that – except for the outer fringe and they would most likely be labeled as terrorists. We can keep praying that our leaders in Washington can work together to make our country stronger and safer from our enemies.

    God bless,
    Jerry

  5. Lynn Grier says:

    Amen, Pete! Thank you for putting these thoughts out there. It’s reassuring.
    God is sovereign. This is His plan. We are told to grow where we are planted and you have encouraged me to do that.

  6. Thanks Pete, glad the Lord is guiding and better yet your heart is listening. Look forward to future posts – we are all in this together!

  7. Love that you’re blogging again. And I sure could use more calm and peace in my life. Keep up the good work…

  8. John T Adams says:

    Good to see you blogging, Pete. I will now become a regular in checking your blog, which along with this article I found refreshing. It is so hard to disconnect from media becuase we feel that we are giving up a connection to the world which we have come to appreciate as part of our daily lives. Keep reminding us to engage meaningfully and with the spirit of Christ and healing as opposed to just blunt force in your face rhetoric which dominates intenet and public discourse now. But the temptation is so great to meet ‘fire with fire’, but that is not the way of the Kingdom of God. Thx again.

    • Peter Weiss says:

      Hi John and thank you for your comments with which I am in full agreement. Two wrongs do not make a right.
      Pete