God is Good!

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Peace, The Gift Of God

PeanutMany years ago I was walking along and came upon a squirrel sitting under a tree.  In his little paws he held a roasted peanut and as I looked on, bit into the outer shell.  He spit out the pieces and nibbled on the peanut inside.  Unafraid of me, he sat there, a picture of contentment like a king at his table.

He didn’t know were his next peanut would come from.  That night he would sleep under the stars with no protection from the rain and the storms.  God built a system of harmony into the makeup of this tiny creature so that worries, tensions, anxieties have no place in the life of a squirrel.

As we sit down to our well stocked tables with our pantries filled with supplies for many days ahead will we experience the spirit of contentment and satisfaction?  Our homes will protect us from the elements and give us security in the dark hours of the night.

Did God plan peace for this little animal and little or no peace for us, His highest form of creation?  Jesus promised his followers harmony and contentment in living.  “My peace I give you.”  Surely the Lord would not dangle this way of life before us as one holds a carrot before a rabbit.

He tells us the secret of bringing tranquility into our lives; “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God.”  “The Kingdom of God is within.”  Within our physical bodies lies the Kingdom of God, made up of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, with their Beauty, Glory, Love and Power in every nook and cranny.

We have access to these splendid qualities of God.  As we come across the hardships of life, we need not lose our peace of heart and give way to despair, bitterness and darkness of spirit.  In faith we can turn to the Three Persons within and bring forth Their Goodness into the circumstances of our lives.

Let go of the overwhelming desire to have everything we do in life turn out in ideal fashion.  We can do our best at parenting, studying, working – but after that we need to leave the rest to the Kingdom of God within.

                        Fr. George Mc Kenna

November 30, 2013 - Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , , , ,


  1. Thank you for sharing!

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  2. Dear Father,   I thank God for having sent you into our lives first as our pastor when we started our family life at St. Barnabas 40 years ago and since then through your writing.  Thank you for your unfailing witness to God’s love and faithfulness.   Noreen Sullivan

    The ideas that fill our hearts determine the way we live our lives.   Joan Chittister, OSB – Aspects of the Heart

    Comment by Noreen Sullivan | November 30, 2013 | Reply

  3. He is our “Center Peace”! Thanks for your beautiful words that touch heart & soul! A Blessed Advent to you Fr. George! God’s Blessings, Love & Grace, Marianne

    Comment by MCS | November 30, 2013 | Reply

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  5. Hi Fr. George! What a beautiful story, so simply put, yet so powerful! You are such an excellent author! I love the image of the squirrel not having a care in the world. Like all creatures, except humans. Although my two dogs do seem a bit nervous close to their dinner time, wondering if they will EVER eat again. 🙂 Thank you for continuing your work of ministry to your ‘flock’ – you are a true gift from God! I love you!


    Comment by Nancy Westvang | December 1, 2013 | Reply

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