Accept yourself

Peace bequeath you, my own peace I give you, a peace the world cannot give. This is my gift to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid – John 14: 26-27

self-acceptance

Peace has been given many descriptions. It is not just an absence of war, nor is it simple harmony. True peace is not the same as tranquility. Tranquility is external whereas peace is internal. It is an inner state of calm. Everyone longs for it, few find it fully and we are reminded that it is a precious gift from God. The invitation is to allow ourselves to be loved and if we love, we will find a greater peace than we ever imagined. For all this to happen, we need to accept ourselves as we are, the ugly and the beautiful in each of our lives, the good and the bad, our strengths and our weaknesses. We acknowledge those parts of our lives that are worried or anxious and we pray especially for God’s peace and calm.