Women's retreat letter #2...
“Peace, be still.”
I remember yelling those words at the top of my lungs that night with my buddies on that boat. Since then, I’ve about lost my voice screaming those words at the tempest inside the woman’s soul. And man, is it every crowded with noise in you head right now. So cluttered with conflicting emotions. So congested with embarrassment mixed with excitement. So confused with comparison blended with compassion.
Even as you look around you at the others who are getting settled in, I can see the firestorm of thoughts filling your mind. “I am too young to be here. I’m too old to be here. I don’t know anyone. I should have stayed home. Who am I going to hang out with? Will she be mad at me if I don’t sit by her? I should have gotten my hair cut. My t-shirt doesn’t fit right. I feel stupid. What are they going to make us do this weekend? Why am I so nervous right now? I feel so lonely. I wonder if anyone will talk to me this weekend. I’m so tired; I’m not in the mood for this.” Shhhh…it’s going to be alright. Relax. Take a deep breath. That’s better.
Let me introduce myself to you, before I say anything else. My name is Prince of Peace. I know that you used to dream of being rescued by the handsome prince, the knight in shining armor who would slay the dragon and free you from the dungeon. I placed that longing in your heart as a little girl. I did it to ultimately draw you to me. I am the Prince that you’ve been wondering if you’ll ever meet. I am that girlhood Dream come true. I hate all that is not peace. In fact, I get pretty worked up about all that threatens the peace of your heart. This weekend, you’re talking about peace; you’re talking about me. I am Peace, peace is Me.
So I have one favor to ask of you. Can you let me fight for your peace this weekend? I’ll do the fighting, ok? No fighting for you in the next two days. No making. No working. No striving. No stressing. No trying. I’ll do all the battling; I’m the Prince who’s come to fight for you so that you can be the Princess of Peace. If you’re going to have a relationship with me, that means you must take my name and make it your own. And, oh, how I love to see you taking my name and embracing it as your own. You are never more beautiful than when you are at peace.
“Peace, be still, my princess. Your Prince is fighting for you.”