By Kim Roberts, NOLA Catholic parenting
I have a very dear friend that I have known for many years – our daughters have been friends since they were 3 years old. She is the kindest, warmest, most spiritual person I have ever met.
I mean, to date, I have never heard her raise her voice or yell at one of her four children. She has the most amazing inner peace that inspires all who know her. Even as she battles cancer, for the second go ’round, she remains at peace. She knows that God has brought her to this and will bring her through it.
I have never met anyone as serene as she is. We are all crying because of her illness, but she is calm and knows that God will take care of her. I have seen miracle after miracle as she was given the most devastating news about her prognosis, and she is beating all odds.
Now, she is not cured, but she continues to have victories that are almost unexplainable except to say they are miracles. She was not supposed to be with us for six months, let alone two years.
One of her recent Facebook posts was a Bible verse, Luke 10:5- 6: “Whatever house you enter, let your first words be, ‘Peace to this house!’ And if a man of peace lives there, your peace will go and rest on him; if not, it will come back to you.”
I read this several times and thought about its meaning and meditated for a while about how this relates to me in my everyday life.
I thought what a lovely and meaningful way to enter into family and friend’s homes, as you enter simply stop and say a little prayer “peace to this house!”
I would want anyone who enters my home to do this for me for sure.
In today’s world, we’ll take all the well wishes and peace we can get. It just takes a second to say this prayer and ask God to grant peace in the home you are visiting. What a great gift!
Every house is full of personalities, big and little problems that need to be faced and resolved, and some have crosses that they must bear every day, so instilling a little peace in any household is helpful for every home, I would venture to guess.
So, I am starting this ritual in my daily life. Know if I am coming to visit you at your home, I will be asking God to bring peace to your house and all those that dwell within. Thank you, my friend, for inspiring me to look at things differently and remembering that we are all God’s children that need the blessing of peace.
Kim Roberts resides in River Ridge with her husband and daughter, age 13, and also has a son, age 21 and a daughter, age 24. She is active at St. Matthew the Apostle Parish and its Home and School Association and has been Council of Catholic School Cooperative Clubs president, is on Dominican High Parents’ Club board and works with Notre Dame Seminary Gala and Keep Christ in Christmas committees. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism, a master of arts degree, is a freelance writer and works part-time for Crimestoppers.