An excerpt from Caryll Houselander’s, “Lift Up Your Hearts”:
“The condition of peace is courage, but the moments in which we most long for it are those when courage seems most difficult. When all that we want is to loosen our hold, to throw off responsibility, to rest. We want not a sword, but a lap big enough to bury our head on. It is comfort then to realise that the courage peace demands is in fact to relax, to throw all our care into the lap of God. It means that we must take the risk of trusting God’s love, believing Christ’s word, loving one another…
So it is that peace on earth can be restored through the hearts of the unknown, humble people in all the countries of the world who open their hearts to the Lamb of God that in them the whole world’s peace may begin.
Advent is closing and the longing of the church for light and for the spring, the budding forth of the saviour, is culminating in the mystery of Christmas, and we can put aside our cares to make the house of our soul ready for the child, with prayer as simple as a folk song, rocking the cradle of peace to the beating of the human heart.”
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[Artwork is “A Little Girl Rocking a Cradle”, by Nicolaes Maes, circa 1655]